Labour campaign saves Croydon North’s ticket offices
Steve Reed MP and Labour’s GLA candidate, Marina Ahmad have declared victory in their campaign to save local train-station ticket offices. Plans to close ticket offices in Selhurst, Norbury and Thornton Heath have been ditched after massive public opposition and doubts expressed by TravelWatch, the capital’s transport watchdog.
Steve and Marina spoke to hundreds of commuters outside the stations at risk and urged them to make their views known in the consultation. Over 300 concerned residents signed a letter with Steve Reed MP opposing the closures.
Following the campaign the London TravelWatch board also came out against the proposals “at this stage”
Steve Reed MP said:
Working with residents we’ve secured a massive victory in the fight to stop these ticket office closures. But, I want to be clear, the campaign doesn’t end here, the plans have only been halted for now and we’ll keep the pressure on to make sure these proposals don’t come back.
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.