Tesco and Waitrose customers will soon be able to pick up their shopping from local Tube stations after the supermarkets each signed deals to place collection points in six stations.
The deals form part of London Underground’s ambitions to increase the amount of commercial revenue it collects and reduce reliance on the fares box at a time when the Mayor is facing pressure to keep fares increases to a minimum.
Tube bosses aim to raise £3.5bn from commercial deals, including property developments, over the next few years,
LU has already successfully trialled installing collection points in station car parks with Asda and is in discussions with the firm to expand the service to more locations.
It has also signed a deal with InPost, who provide parcel delivery services for multiple retailers, to install collection lockers at 3 stations and has secured a commitment from baked goods retailer LOLA’s Cupcakes to expand its services to a further five stations later this year.
Graeme Craig, Director of Commercial Development at TfL, said: “We are delighted to be working with so many retailers to bring the services they provide to our customers as they travel around London.
“The trial with Asda has proven very successful and we look forward to establishing new partnerships and developing new concepts with other retailers.”