Pieces of Eight wrote:The easiest way for the public to show that they wish for the ticket offices to stay open is to eschew the automatic card machines and shops that top-up Oyster cards and instead queue up at the tube ticket offices to put money on their card. The problem is of course that most people will not do this. When the champion of the workers, Ken Livingston introduced the Oyster card I am sure that he was unaware that it would eventually sound the death knell for ticket offices. Now that you can top up cards everywhere, use your credit card and soon even your phone to pay for a tube journey, the closure of ticket offices is inevitable. That being said I believe that all stations should be suitably staffed, but a lot of the new jobs should be along the lines of a security guard rather than a traditional London Underground staff member. Next up, driverless trains.
Andy Ross wrote:One of the problems of contactless payment with a credit card, is that if you happen to have both an oyster card and contactless card in your wallet, they could both be debited when you touch them on the readers!
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