TSSA is today urging the public to force parliament to debate ticket office closures by signing an online petition calling for them to remain open.
The petition, which is hosted on the House of Commons website, to ‘require train operators keep ticket offices and platform staff at train stations’ has received over 93,500 signatures. At 100,000 signatures, the petition will be considered for debate in Parliament.
The petition reads ‘We want the Government to require train operators keep ticket offices and platform staff at train stations, to help maintain health and safety standards and customer information’.
This follows news that nearly 700,000 people responded to the official ticket office consultation in what The Times reported as the ‘biggest ever consultation response’.
Commenting, TSSA Interim General Secretary Peter Pendle said “The ticket office consultation received a phenomenal response. Nearly 700,000 people raised concerns around accessibility, safety and security and made it clear to the government that their plans are deeply unpopular.
“We now need as many people as possible to sign the petition calling for ticket offices to remain open. Just 6,500 more signatures would mean that parliament would be forced to debate this issue.
“The Conservatives’ have foolishly tried to ignore the voting public who want ticket offices to remain open. Once this petition reaches 100,000 signatures, they won’t be able to ignore us any longer.
“The petition only takes 25 seconds to sign but could make all the difference in our fight to save ticket offices.
“We have to use any means at our disposable to show the Westminster government that we will not tolerate their short sighted and cruel plans to slash our vital services”.
The Parliamentary Petition can be found here.