As 'Cost Cutting' Ticket Office Closures Begin, TfL Commissioner Buys Oysters on Expenses

Transport for London Commissioner Peter Hendy's expenses have proved controversial once again at a time when London Underground's cost cutting program begins - with ticket offices closing, and around 850 jobs threatened.

The website Mayor Watch reports that "Receipts provided to MayorWatch under Freedom of Information laws reveal that this [expenses] sum includes meals at the exclusive members-only Groucho Club where fare-payers treated Sir Peter and guests to bottles of wine costing up to £44 each."

The Evening Standard reports on Hendy's taxpayer funded oysters - "Sir Peter and his guests also visited the Groucho Club in Soho, where they enjoyed bottles of wine costing up to £44 each. They also enjoyed a serving of oysters at Le Boudin Blanc and a £41 bottle of Pouilly-Fumé."

This isn't the first time that Hendy's expenses have been reported on. In January of last year the Evening Standard reported on London Transport Commissioner Hendy's 398 taxi journeys which formed a part of expenses of £16,125.

Prior to that in April 2013, the Huffington Post reported that "The head of Transport for London has claimed £175 on expenses in order to buy toy buses for Boris Johnson."

In contrast to this London Underground Cleaners can take home just £50 a day and do not benefit from free travel, pension or sick pay.