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22/11/2013 09:42 GMT | Updated 25/01/2014 16:01 GMT

Amazon Could Turn Tube Station Ticket Offices Into Package Pick-Up Depots

A general view of Quick Ticket machines at Piccadilly Circus Tube Station in central London after Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced a new 24 hour Tube service at weekends and changes to station staffing.
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A general view of Quick Ticket machines at Piccadilly Circus Tube Station in central London after Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced a new 24 hour Tube service at weekends and changes to station staffing.

Amazon might soon let customers have their packages delivered to Tube stations instead of their houses.

The online retail giant - which also announced its own currency earlier on Friday - is reportedly in talks with Transport For London to use former ticket offices as package pick-up points.

The idea is possible after Tube bosses announced plans to shut ticket offices across the network by 2015, partially in order to pay for 24-hour services on key Underground lines.

The Financial Times said that the talks are underway but at an early stage.

Amazon already provides a 'Locker' service which provide places for people to pick-up packages, though they are a rare sight in London.

Needless to say the idea of a Tube-wide rollout will face several hurdles. Unions are already preparing to fight the proposed ticket office closures, while wider plans to increase retail presence in the Tube as a whole - possibly using the same valuable space - have also been mooted in the past.