NINE train station ticket offices in Kingston and Richmond face having their hours slashed under new proposals from South West Trains (SWT).
Under the plans, on which customers are being consulted, Barnes, Berrylands, Fulwell, Hampton, Malden Manor, Motspur Park, St Margarets, Strawberry Hill and Whitton will all be affected.
They are among 24 stations in the train operator's catchment area to be hit by the changes.
Barnes will be one of the worst affected. SWT wants to cut its weekday hours from 6.45am-6.45pm, to 6.45am-1pm. It would close at 3pm on Saturdays and it would not open at all on Sundays.
Motspur Park and Strawberry Hill would also lose their Sunday service, and Berrylands, Fulwell and Malden Manor would no longer open on Saturdays.
SWT said the proposals followed a review of customers' ticket-buying habits, which revealed that about 50 per cent now buy tickets online, over the phone or through vending machines.
Customer service director Ian Johnston said the introduction of Oyster cards across the Greater London train network has had an impact.
He said: "More than half of our customers now buy through our website and call centre, or by using one of the hundreds of ticket machines we have provided across our network.
"The recent introduction of Oyster Pay As You Go on our services in Greater London is also
having an effect on buying habits.
"It makes sense to continue to review our opening hours at some stations, to ensure they match demand and reflect the way people now prefer to pay for their rail travel."
The train operator said it has made a £12million investment to
provide nearly 450 ticket vending machines and re-launched its website, making it easier for customers to buy tickets online. * Full details of the proposed changes and the consultation period can be found at: www.southwesttrains.co.uk/ticket officeopeninghours.