Action for Rail holds protests at London tube stations against staff cuts

Action for Rail is today holding protests at tube stations throughout the capital against plans to cut tube and ticket office staff.

If the proposals go ahead guards will be removed from London Overground trains and ticket offices will be axed at hundreds of underground stations.

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow, TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes and ASLEF General Mick Whelan joined campaigners outside Oxford Circus this morning.

Union leaders at Oxford Circus tube

Disabled Passengers Against Cuts (DPAC) are also taking part in today’s protest to highlight the impact unstaffed stations and trains will have on vulnerable passengers.

A recent survey of disabled and elderly commuters revealed that over seven in ten require staff assistance when using the tube network. And a poll by the RMT showed that over two-thirds (71 per cent) of all London Transport users are against staff cuts at ticket offices and stations.

DPAC attending today's protests

Thanks to everyone who turned out today. The protests were covered by the Evening Standard and LBC and sent a very clear message to Mayor Boris Johnson that his plans are opposed by the travelling public.

Wide shot of campaigners with banner outside tube

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