Ely station not on “hit list”

PUBLISHED: 10:02 06 September 2011

THE ticket office at Ely train station has NOT been included on a list of 675 train station ticket offices earmarked for potential closure.

A report on cost savings in the rail service carried out on behalf of the Government by Sir Roy McNulty pinpointed hundreds of train stations across the UK that could potentially be switched from staffed to unmanned, saving millions of pounds.

The TSSA rail union has hit out at the report, however, and called on Transport Secretary Philip Hammond to reject the cutbacks.

Gerry Doherty, leader of the TSSA, said: “This is a double whammy for millions of passengers. Last month they were told that fares will rise by 25 percent over the next three years and they are now set to lose one in four ticket offices.

Despite the huge swathe of ticket offices facing an uncertain future, Ely station looks set to remain unchanged, as it is not included on the list.

Downham Market station however, was included on the list, which will be considered by Mr Hammond later in the year.

A spokesman for the Department for Transport said: “We are currently considering the findings of Sir Roy McNulty’s independent report and any of his proposed changes to rail fares or ticketing will be examined as part of a Government review.”

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