Locally and nationally, Labour are fighting plans to close more than 1000 ticket offices at train stations up and down the country – including almost every single station here in St Helens Borough.
Rail bosses plan to close every office in our borough apart from St Helens Central, leaving the majority of passengers without access to staffed ticket offices and support.
You can sign our petition against the closures here: https://www.sthelenslabour.org/saveourticketoffices/
Objecting to the plans, Councillor Seve Gomez-Aspron MBE, Deputy Leader of St Helens Borough Council and Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport, said: “Public and passenger reassurance is heavily reliant on a public facing member of staff, particularly the elderly and people with disabilities and mobility issues, so to close all but one ticket office here has the potential to take away the independence of a large number of residents who rely on public transport.
“They’ve closed the ticket offices in most cases before the consultation period has even started. And it’s not down to austerity or budget cuts, it’s down to profiteering on behalf of privately owned franchise operators.
“As a council, we recognise the significant influence our borough has played throughout history – arguably being the birthplace of the railway -which is why we have successfully lobbied for improvements in our infrastructure, resulting in state-of-the-art stations at Newton-le-Willows and Lea Green which is being built now with a ticket office that will never open.
“We call on the government to reconsider these unpopular plans and would urge residents to take part in the consultation to make their feelings known too.”
Labour will submit a motion on the matter at the next St Helens Borough Council full council meeting to allow the Council to respond within the 21 day consultation period.