No to ticket office closures
Commenting on plans to close 1000 ticket offices across England, Mick Whelan, general secretary, said:
“Ticket offices and properly staffed stations are vital to support the needs of passengers and make our railway a safe and welcoming place for all travellers.
“The impact of removing staff for disabled passengers and those with access needs, luggage or buggies, would be huge and would effectively be saying to those people ‘we don’t want you on our railway’. It’s wrong.
“As train drivers we want the railway to be for everyone. We want to see this vital public service expanded and fully integrated so that every community can benefit from safe, affordable and accessible public transport.
“We will also be pushing the government hard for a full safety report about all lone workers including train drivers impacted by this poor decision.”
Our sister union the RMT have set up a campaign page with template letters which you can use to respond to the consultation process, the deadline to respond to the consultations is 26 July.