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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.
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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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.