Train ticket offices face closure
Labour’s Steve Reed MP and London Assembly candidate, Marina Ahmad have called on London Mayor Boris Johnson to think again over plans to close ticket offices at Norbury, Thornton Heath and Selhurst train stations.
During the consultation, the Labour campaigners have met residents at station entrances. They heard passengers’ concerns that ticket office closures would mean fewer people on hand to help passengers and a higher risk of crime in unsupervised stations.
Steve Reed MP said
These plans would be disastrous for Norbury, Thornton Heath and Selhurst. They would leave each station with only occasional staffing and passengers forced to use machines that often don’t tell you which is the best value ticket and sometimes break down. I’m particularly worried about partially sighted, disabled and frail passengers. I’ve been out campaigning at the stations in the early morning rush-hour and after work to let people know what’s going on. It’s really important that everyone responds to the consultation so London’s mayor knows people in Croydon North wants to keep our ticket offices open.
Please take part in the consultation, by clicking here and signing the email to let TfL and Southern know that you want to keep the local offices open.
Steven Reed is Labour MP for Croydon North and Shadow Minister for Children and Families. In 2018 his private member’s bill on reducing violent mental health restraint became law. In June 2019 he launched Labour’s civil society strategy outlining radical plans to empower citizens and communities.
Steve chairs the Cooperative Councils Innovation Network, co-chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for London, was Leader of Lambeth Council 2006-12 where he led the council’s children’s services to become best-rated in the country and pioneered the public-health approach to tackling violent youth crime. He worked in publishing for 16 years and was an elected trade union branch secretary.