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Deadline looms for ticket office closure consultation

10 March 2016

RMT Press Office:

RMT mobilises urgent push in fight against rail ticket office closure plan across the South as consultation deadline looms.

RAIL UNION RMT today launched a concerted push to urge passengers to respond to the public consultation over plans to axe and downgrade 84 rail station ticket offices across the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise.

 
The formal consultation closes on Sunday, 13th March. RMT has printed up and distributed nearly 100,000 postcards at events the length and breadth of the franchise asking travellers to get involved. The union is now calling for a final surge in the run up to Sunday. The public can register their views on the closure plans through the union website at http://www.rmt.org.uk/campaigns/rail/keep-ticket-offices-open-govia/
 
There are three categories of stations in the closure programme, the first wave, which includes stations like Tooting, Circklewood, Streatham, Alexandra Palace, Selhurst and Wandsworth Common are to close immediately.
 
A second wave will close shortly after with passengers sold tickets on the station concourse by Customer Hosts and ticket machines and includes Balham, Loughborough Junction, Reigate, Shoreham, Sutton, City Thameslink and Falmer.
 
A third wave will close outside of morning peak hours only,  after a period of “re-education” has been undertaken passengers using alternative ticket purchase arrangements, with the threat of eventual total closure, sets up services at stations including Epsom, Leatherhead, Eastbourne, Lewes, Horsham, Hove, Hitchin, Kings Lynn, Hatfield and Potters Bar.  A full list of the targets for closure and their categories is set out below.
 
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
 
“RMT has set the pace with our campaign to stop Govia’s Thameslink  from unleashing ticket office carnage across the routes that make up this franchise as they look to sacrifice, jobs, services and safety in the drive to line their own pockets at the passengers expense. The consultation process has now descended into complete and utter chaos and this is a shameful way to treat passengers who pay a fortune to use the services on this basket-case franchise.  The plans have already sparked a storm of public outrage. RMT has no intention of allowing these plans to be bulldozed through and Govia should be forced to pull the proposals in their entirety.  
 
“Working with our sister unions and local campaigners RMT has distributed 100,000 postcards across the Govia Thameslink area but today we are launching an urgent push for responses. We know the public are furious and all we are asking them to do is take a few minutes to register their views through our website http://www.rmt.org.uk/campaigns/rail/keep-ticket-offices-open-govia/  before Sunday night.
 
“The bottom line is that these plans are a disgrace and Govia should be slung out and these essential rail services taken into public ownership before these latest profit-driven cuts are allowed to rip through these 84 stations from North to South. It is no coincidence that this threat comes as Southern are already gearing up to axe guards from their services in yet another lethal gamble with safety-critical jobs on some of Britain’s most dangerously overcrowded trains and platforms.
 
“RMT has led a mass campaign of opposition to these bodged and rushed plans and we remain confident that working with the travelling public we can stop Govia Thameslink in their tracks.”
 
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Full list of threatened stations:
 
PROPOSED TICKET OFFICE CLOSURE IMMEDIATELY
GSM London Bridge
Queens Road
Peckham
Selhust
Tulse Hill
Wandsworth Common
West Norwood
Streatham
Streatham Hill
Streatham Common
Gipsy Hill
GSM Victoria
Battersea Park
GSM East Croydon & Purley
Carshalton Beeches
South Croydon
GSM TL North
Cricklewood
GSM TL South
Loughborough Junction
Tooting
Denmark Hill
Alexandra Palace
Enfield Chase
New Barnet
Palmers Green
 
STATIONS IN PHASE TWO NO TICKET OFFICE  DATE NOT KNOWN
GSM London Bridge
Norbury
Thornton Heath
Balham
GSM East Croydon and Purley
Caterham
Wallington
Carshalton
Purley
Sutton
Caterham
 
GSM Brighton
Coulsdon South
Reigate
GSM East Coastway
Sanderstead
Falmer
GSM West Coastway
Shoreham-By-Sea
Lancing
GSM TL North
Mill Hill Broadway
Radlett
Elstree
Luton Airport Parkway
GSM TL South
City Thameslink
West Hampstead
Hornsey              Gordon Hill
Winchmore Hill
STATIONS WITH  WITH MORNING PEAK HOURS OPENING ONLY
GSM East Croydon and Purley
Dorking
Leatherhead
Epsom
Ashtead
GSM Brighton
Burgess Hill
Hassocks
Merstham
Horley
GSM East Coastway
Eastbourne
Bexhill
Lewes
Polegate
Oxted
East Grinstead
GSM West Coastway
Chichester
Angmering
Worthing
Crawley
Littlehampton
Horsham
Portslade
Bognor Regis
Barnham
Hove
Chichester
GSM TL North
Leagrave                                    
Flitwick
Harpenden
GSM GN North
Sandy
Hitchin
Kings Lynn
Huntingdon
Stevenage
St Neots
Letchworth
Royston
GSM TL South
Potters Bar                                                                                                                  
Hatfield
Welwyn Garden City
Hertford
 

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