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The Union and government have been having many talks about the proposal to close all London Underground's ticket offices. It will lead to lots of job losses, and the tube workers have been on strike several times, causing lots of disruption to commuters. What is your opinion on the subject. Are you happy to see the ticket offices go, or are you on the side of the union?

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I support the strikers. Even though it is an inconvenience, I don't want to lose the ticket offices; I don't like using ticket machines.
If the government was serious about tackling unemployment they would remove ALL of the ticket machines and staff ticket offices 24/7. This would give more people jobs which in turn would give them money to spend and help boost the economy. Better to have them working than scrounging on benefits.

Yes. They replace machines with people because they say it is cheaper, but it is actually more expensive because they have to pay more benefits to people who can't get a job.
The underground ticket system is iconic for London. I think they would loose a lot of history and culture by changing that. I believe they should stay together with the jobs!
When I visited London a few months ago I really appreciated the fact that there were ticket boxes where I could buy tickets from and ask questions at. On the few occasions I had to buy tickets from machines I found it quite confusing, as London is such a big city and I didn't know where anything was. I hope that the ticket boxes stay, as tourists like me need to be able to approach real people for help from time to time.
You're right; for a tourist, having someone at a desk is doubly important. The ticket machines can be confusing if you do not travel in the city very much.
Used Ticket Offices many times, as had questions.
Computers don't answer them!

I found staff helpful, & courteous every time.
They're much needed for tourists, & were appreciated by this tourist greatly!

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