Speaking out matters. Pippa Heylings has welcomed the Government’s U-turn and decision to keep railway station ticket offices open.
Campaigning against these closures has been successful. The proposals from train operators, forced by the Department for Transport, would have seen much-needed ticket offices at Whittlesford Parkway, Ashwell and Morden, Meldreth and Shelford stations closed. The Prime Minister initially publicly backed the proposals, but a huge backlash has forced this climb down.
Pippa’s petition against the closures gained hundreds of signatures, along with many detailed accounts from residents of the importance of the stations, particularly for the elderly, for blind and visually impaired people and those with disabilities – as well as for those looking for the most economical tickets for longer journeys. Across the country, there were over 750,000 responses to the consultation, 99% of which were objections.
Rail chiefs have announced plans to close almost all of the 1,007 remaining rail ticket offices around England within the next three years.
Forced by the Conservative Government, the mass closure is supposed to “modernise” the railway. But you and I know better.
Train companies have launched a rushed 3-week consultation on the proposed closures which include our local ticket offices in Ashwell and Morden, Meldreth, Royston, Shelford, and Whittlesford.
This is unacceptable. These ticket offices are a lifeline for so many passengers, particularly those who are elderly or disabled and those who are visitors.
Following the consultation, it is the Secretary of State for Transport, Mark Harper MP, who will have the final say.
Pippa Heylings and the South Cambs Lib Dems are calling on these plans to be stopped and for our ticket offices to be saved.
Show your support for the campaign by signing our petition today...
I/we the undersigned call on the Rail Delivery Group to drop plans to shut our railway station ticket offices in Shelford, Whittlesford Parkway, Meldreth and Royston.