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Fancy picking up your Amazon package from a Tube station?

Amazon could soon ink a deal with TfL to use Tube stations as collection points for goods you've ordered online.

You know what it's like: you've ordered something from Amazon but you won't be in to sign for it. So you want to pick it up from somewhere. Well that somewhere could soon be your local Tube station, if Amazon and Transport for London's (TfL) negotiations come to anything.

The online retailer is understood to be in talks with TfL to use Tube stations as 'click-and-collect' points, the BBC reports. And it's not as crazy an idea as it might sound -- earlier this week, Asda started using six Tube stations as pick up points for its shopping collection service.

TfL needs the money. At the same time as it announced some Tube lines would run 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays starting in 2015, it also said it was closing every ticket office. It needs to slash its budgets by £78 million, so it's looking into commercial partnerships to raise some extra dosh.

Graeme Craig, director of commercial development at TfL, told the BBC: "As part of our broader commercial development, we are working with retailers to transform the services on offer for our customers.

"This week it was announced that we are working with Asda on a trial to offer click-and-collect services at six of our London Underground station car parks and are looking to work with other retailers to offer similar services."

Amazon declined to comment on the story. I've asked TfL if it has anything to add and will update this story if I hear back.

Those six Tube stations acting as Asda click-and-collect points are: East Finchley, Harrow and Wealdstone, High Barnet, Highgate, Stanmore and Epping. Order your shopping before midday, and you can pick it up from the car parks at any of these stations after 4pm. You could even put your order in on the way to work, using the Tube's Wi-Fi.

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