Rail passengers urged to fight ticket office cutsSome stations may be shut at weekends
13 January 2009
The UK’s biggest railway workers union has asked passengers to back its campaign against plans to cut ticket office opening hours.
Launching its campaign, the Rail Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) said that the proposals to slash opening hours by 800 hours a week would mean that some ticket offices would not open at all at weekends.
The proposals affect more 40 stations across South East England managed by train company First Capital Connect.
RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: ‘These cuts would see some stations lose their ticket offices entirely at the weekend and will leave stations inadequately staffed at weekends and in the evening, which can only make passengers feel less secure.
‘Ticket machines are no substitute for real people offering help and advice, not least for disabled travellers and some passengers would end up paying more than the inflated fares they already have to.’
Passengers wishing to object to the proposals should contact rail watchdog Passenger Focus by 3 February.
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