TICKETS offices in north-west London that face a cut in opening hours are among the quietest on the whole network, transport bosses say.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson is consulting on plans to scale back the operating hours of sales windows in order to save money, pointing out that 80 per cent of journeys are now conducted by passengers carrying Oyster cards.
Figures released by Transport for London (TfL) to justify the changes show Ickenham and Ruislip Gardens ticket offices are among the least used on the network.
TfL hopes the statistics will also stave off a strike threat by London Underground workers who are members of the RMT and TSSA unions.
Howard Collins, chief operating officer of London Underground, said: "All our stations will continue to be staffed at all times and all stations with a ticket office will continue to have one.
"Safety will never be compromised. However, we need to change and make sure we have the most efficient organisation possible.
"Thanks to the success of Oyster, just one in 20 Tube journeys now starts with a ticket office transaction. Indeed several ticket offices are selling just a handful of tickets each hour, and many go for hours on end without any purchases.
"We want our staff to be visible at stations, in places where they can assist customers."