RMT to protest over planned Overground ticket office cuts

RMT to protest over planned Overground ticket office cuts

19 November 2019

RMT Press Office:

RAIL UNION RMT will be demonstrating outside City Hall tomorrow over plans to decimate ticket offices and their opening hours across the Arriva Rail London operation with dire consequences for safety, service and accessibility.

The protest will take place at 9am on Wednesday 20th November outside City Hall, SE1 2AA, London.


RMT members will be demonstrating prior to the Mayor Chairing a TfL Board Meeting at City Hall at 10am.


The union has been campaigning against plans to axe Overground ticket offices for the past two years and although the initial plans were pushed back the union has now accused ARL and TFL of trying to smuggle through a closure programme by stealth.


RMT is also balloting its members on London Overground for industrial action over the proposed cuts.


The current plans would mean many stations would only be open 07:30 – 10:00 am, Monday to Friday.


The proposals equate to a cut in hours of over 65% across the Overground. Many stations are facing cuts in hours of over 80%.


If these cuts go ahead, and many ticket offices are closed for large parts of the day, RMT is concerned that:


• Stations will become less safe, secure and accessible.


• Passengers will not be able to access all ticket types and services at a machine.


• Many people, including some elderly and disabled passengers, would struggle to purchase tickets and get advice.


• It will be easier for London Overground to close more ticket offices and reduce staffing even further in the future.



RMT general secretary Mick Cash said:


“We are taking our protest to City Hall tomorrow ahead of the TfL meeting to make our voice heard over these outrageous proposals.


“Having failed to close the London Overground ticket offices completely due to a union and public campaign that convinced London Travel Watch to keep them open ARL/ TFL are now trying to achieve the same results by stealth.


“The consultative process has been exposed as a sham and our members are not prepared to sit idly by when safety and accessibility are once again sacrificed for profit.


“The Mayor must step up and demand these ticket offices remain open and that TFL is adequately funded to service all the people of London equally instead of employing measures that will discriminate against the disabled and vulnerable.”


Ends.

Notes to editors

 

RMT is asking people to send a campaign postcard to the Mayor asking him to use his powers to halt the closures.

 

A model letter to send to the Mayor can be found at http://bit.ly/2oSasjk

 

An online petition, opposing the cuts can be found at http://bit.ly/rmtpetition

 

The RMT campaign page can be found at: https://www.rmt.org.uk/campaigns/rail/save-london-overground-ticket-offices/

 

The full proposed cuts are:

Station

Current weekly hours

Proposed hours

% cut

Station

Current weekly hours

Proposed hours

% cut

Acton Central

84.25

12.5

85

Hoxton

15

12.50

17

Anerley

39.25

12.5

68

Imperial Wharf

78.75

44.50

43

Brondesbury

84.25

0

CLOSING

Kensal Rise

42

15.00

64

Brondesbury Park

28.75

12.5

57

Kensington Olympia

78.75

12.50

84

Bruce Grove

42

12.5

70

Kentish Town West

35

12.50

64

Bush Hill Park

78.5

16.25

79

Kilburn High Road

42

12.50

70

Caledonian Rd & Barnsbury

31.25

12.5

60

Penge West

20

12.50

38

Camden Road

93.75

41

56

Rectory Road

42

12.50

70

Canonbury

47.5

12.5

74

Rotherhithe

15

12.50

17

Carpenders Park

88.25

20

77

Shadwell

15

12.50

17

Clapton

89

12.5

86

Shepherd's Bush

78.75

43.50

45

Dalston Junction

83.5

14.75

82

Shoreditch High Street

38.5

24.50

36

Dalston Kingsland

89.25

67.75

24

Silver Street

42

17.50

58

Finchley Rd & Frognal

42

12.5

70

South Acton

16.25

12.50

23

Gospel Oak

88.75

12.5

86

South Hampstead

15

12.50

17

Hackney Central

91.25

43.75

52

Southbury

67

17.50

74

Hackney Downs

88

12.5

86

St James Street

89

15.00

83

Hackney Wick

31.25

12.5

60

Stoke Newington

42

12.50

70

Haggerston

15

12.5

17

Turkey Street

40.5

20.75

49

Hampstead Heath

92.75

12.5

87

Wapping

15

12.50

17

Hatch End

58.5

12.5

79

Watford High Street

84.25

15.25

82

Headstone Lane

43.5

12.5

71

West Hampstead

84.25

0.00

CLOSING

Homerton

84.25

69.75

17

White Hart Lane

64.5

0.00

CLOSING

Honor Oak Park

90.75

18.25

80

Wood Street

76.5

17.50

77

 

 

 

 


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