Local Assembly member slams ticket office closure plans

The list of ticket offices proposed for closure is buried in the small print of the ‘McNulty Report, the government’s plans for the future of rail services in Britain. London and the south-east have been hardest hit, where 265 stations could be left unmanned.

In Ealing the following stations could be left without a ticket office and staffed for only part of the day:

Acton mainline railway station

Castle Bar Park railway station

Hanwell railway station

Northolt Park railway station

South Acton railway station

West Ealing railawy station

According to the Office of Rail Regulation, as many as 759,796 people a year use West Ealing station.

Local London Assembly member, Murad Qureshi, described the plans as bad news and said stations would become more inviting for criminals and less inviting for passengers.

Murad said

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Murad Qureshi is a Londonwide Labour Assembly member

A full list of stations earmarked for closure can be found

Office of Rail Regulation station useage figures can be downloaded

For further information please contact Alison Marcroft, 020 7983 4363.

here: "This is more bad news for passengers. Not only are fares under this mayor and government rocketting but now we’re being told ticket offices could be closed and stations left without staff. I’m really worried that stations that can already feel less than safe will become more intimidating places for passengers and more inviting places for criminals."here