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Train ticket office closures stopped by the Government.


Proposals to close nearly all the train ticket offices in England have been withdrawn, the Government has announced. Rail firms had planned to close over 900 of the country’s 1,007 sites.


Passenger watchdogs, Transport Focus and London TravelWatch opposed the ticket office closures and ran a consultation which resulted in more than 750,000 people taking part and sharing their opinions. Only 2,045 support the scheme, but more than 99% of the respondents objected to the closures.


The Fellowship reported the potential closure of ticket offices back in July https://www.britishpolio.org.uk/post/nearly-one-thousand-ticket-offices-in-england-may-be-closed Since then, the plan has been widely criticised by The Fellowship, disability campaign groups, unions, and politicians, all of whom have voiced their opposition.


“At some stations there will be many passengers including polio survivors who just won’t be able to easily access rail tickets or pay with cash” commented Kripen Dhrona, Chief Executive of The British Polio Fellowship.


“We are delighted common sense has prevailed and all ticket offices will remain open”.

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