Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the start of the disruption facing the London Underground said:
“Some changes are needed in how our tube stations are run to ensure they are properly accessible and safe for everyone. In some stations that involves more staff being available to help passengers.
“As a top priority the Mayor must ensure that every recommendation from the recent Travelwatch report examining the impact of ticket office closures is fully implemented.
“However, addressing these issues is no justification for a crippling strike on the London Underground.
“These damaging disputes, which affect the very fabric of London’s economy, clearly indicate the case for independent and binding arbitration now being considered.”