Transport for All (TfA) members raised concerns regarding Mr Johnson’s Fit for the Future plan, which involve closing all 301 ticket offices and making 897 ticket officers redundant by next spring.
Imtiaz Patel, a visually-impaired TfA member who was forced into early retirement because of his disability, said he regularly has problems at East Ham station and that this move will only make things worse.
“I need assistance just to get down the stairs,” he said. “Nine-hundred job cuts is going to mean there are less people around to help (Ed: Fewer, damn you!). It’s going to have a major impact and make it even more difficult to travel – it’s a big disappointment.
“We don’t know what assistance will be at the other end of our journeys instead of ticket offices.”But if they aren't stuck in the ticket booth then surely...?
Transport for London (TfL) claims redeploying remaining ticket officers will benefit passengers.
“They can serve the public better around the station than stuck in an office,” a spokesman said.
“There will be more people than ever before to assist in public areas.”Hurrah! Problem solved!
But Imtiaz still has reservations, adding: “The font on the machines is too small – they’re so stressful to use.”Life is stressful. Get over it.