Liberal Democrats remain opposed to railway ticket office closures

Following the launch of a consultation which would see all of the ticket offices across Stockport closed, Liberal Democrats remain opposed to their closure and call on the government to think again.

Speaking after the train operators launched their consultation, Cllr Grace Baynham, Cabinet Member with responsibilities including transport, said: “We are dismayed by the proposal to close all ticket offices across Stockport. Ticket offices are a vital resource – they are were our residents can speak to someone for guidance with their travel plans, especially for those who don’t have easy access to the internet and other e-ticketing options. They are also the place people seeking wider assistance know that they can find a staff member, rather than searching across the various platforms of a station.

“The Lib Dems on Stockport Council successfully moved a motion opposing these proposals back in October last year. As a result we wrote to the Secretary of State, making clear our objections, and called various stakeholders to a Scrutiny meeting last November, but the government are still pressing ahead.

“We now urge residents to make their feelings known by responding to the consultation via or by writing to Transport Focus, the independent watchdog for transport users, at Freepost RTEH-XAGE-BYKZ, Transport Focus, PO Box 5594, Southend on Sea, SS1 9PZ, so that we can try to save all of our ticket offices.”

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