MPs say ‘radical’ plans to close train ticket offices go ‘too far, too fast’

A cross social gathering group of MPs have condemned plans to shut prepare ticket workplaces, dismissing them as radical and saying they go “too far, too quick”.

Iain Stewart, who serves because the Conservative chair of the transport choose committee, has written to Huw Merriman, the rail minister, voicing concern that the plans to shut 870 reserving workplaces threat excluding entire demographics of passengers.

The cross-party group of MPs argued for the proposals to be “rigorously piloted” in restricted areas earlier than being launched.

The letter reads: “The proposals as put ahead by prepare working corporations on this session go too far, too quick, in direction of a scenario that dangers excluding some passengers from the railway.


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“At a minimal, adjustments this radical needs to be rigorously piloted in restricted areas and evaluated for his or her impact on all passengers earlier than being rolled out. This may enable for the choice proposals, which at current are too obscure, to be correctly understood.”

Stewart continued: “Now we have heard many affordable questions raised in regards to the practicality of other staffing preparations and various retail preparations for folks with all types of disabilities.

Greater than 680,000 folks responded to a session on the plans. It’s the largest ever response to a public session. Transport Focus, the business watchdog, now has till October 31 to look at the responses to the session. 

And the closures have been extensively criticised by Conservative MPs. 

Stewart mentioned: “We hope and anticipate that the session will finally result in a lot better proposals that can mirror the wants of all passengers.”

His letter added: “The lack of awareness and evaluation made obtainable by operators, the Rail Supply Group [which represents operating companies] and, particularly the Division for Transport in regards to the cumulative impression of the proposals on the rail community has been unacceptable.

“Campaigners and people have been left to do the appreciable detective work of checking whether or not claims made by operators stack up towards the element of the proposals.”

He mentioned there was “no total knowledge on buyer interactions with employees apart from for ticket purchases, which our proof tells us are immensely valued by passengers”. is the UK’s main digital-only political web site, offering complete protection of UK politics. Subscribe to our every day e-newsletter right here.