East Lancashire rail bosses fear closers over £3.5billion savings programme

First published in Burnley

RAIL bosses have poured cold water on fears that ticket offices in East Lancashire could close under projected cutbacks.

Union leaders fear the closure of one in four rail booking offices - including Accrington and Burnley Central - as part of a £3.5billion savings programme nationwide.

It is feared the cutbacks will have echoes of Dr Beeching’s infamous 1960s cuts, which saw stations like Daisyfield, Bacup and the original Clitheroe station cease operations.

But train operator Northern Rail is adamant it has no plans to axe any counters along the East Lancashire line.

Rail campaigners had voice concerns over the future of the Accrington office, which only reopened after a £2million overhaul just 14 months ago.

Burnley Central is the only other ticket office on the Colne to Blackburn line.

Last year Sir Roy McNulty recommended a number of cuts, including ticket office reductions in a ‘value-for-money’ study.

Transport Secretary Justine Greening has said she wants to offer passes for sale in shops and garages as part of a major overhaul of the current ticketing system.

Manuel Cortes, a Transport and Salaried Staff Association general secretary, said: “If the local booking office goes, then the station itself will not be far behind it.

“This will amount to a mini-Beeching with hundreds of stations in rural areas facing the threat of long-term closures.”

But a Northern Rail spokesman added: “We have no immediate plans to close any ticket office.

“However as the McNulty Review and subsequent Government Report highlight, we do recognise that passengers have differing preferences for how they buy their tickets.

“That is why over recent years we have improved our ticket offices and installed more ticket vending machines as well as launching our online ticket sales facility.

“We will continue to enhance our retail options for customers, acknowledging that it is not ‘one size fits all’.”

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4:53pm Tue 13 Mar 12

Burnely si graet says...

Do you mean closures? Come on for God's sake learn to spell!!!! It is a banner headline, not difficult. In fact apologise, right now, you supposedly monitor this sh@t, add a comment where you apologise for not being able to spell or be grammatically correct. Apologise. Apologise. Apologise
Do you mean closures? Come on for God's sake learn to spell!!!! It is a banner headline, not difficult. In fact apologise, right now, you supposedly monitor this sh@t, add a comment where you apologise for not being able to spell or be grammatically correct. Apologise. Apologise. Apologise Burnely si graet
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6:08pm Tue 13 Mar 12

happycyclist says...

Burnely si graet wrote:
Do you mean closures? Come on for God's sake learn to spell!!!! It is a banner headline, not difficult. In fact apologise, right now, you supposedly monitor this sh@t, add a comment where you apologise for not being able to spell or be grammatically correct. Apologise. Apologise. Apologise
Well said.
[quote][p][bold]Burnely si graet[/bold] wrote: Do you mean closures? Come on for God's sake learn to spell!!!! It is a banner headline, not difficult. In fact apologise, right now, you supposedly monitor this sh@t, add a comment where you apologise for not being able to spell or be grammatically correct. Apologise. Apologise. Apologise[/p][/quote]Well said. happycyclist
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10:40pm Tue 13 Mar 12

ToffeeGuy says...

It is grammatically correct in that that they fear closers, as in the people who will close the offices.

Having said that £2million down the swanny to close the new eco ticket office in Accrington would be ridiculous
It is grammatically correct in that that they fear closers, as in the people who will close the offices. Having said that £2million down the swanny to close the new eco ticket office in Accrington would be ridiculous ToffeeGuy
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11:02pm Tue 13 Mar 12

thequietone says...

The headline is also misleading as the article goes on to say bosses are confident there won't be any closures (or closers). Its the Union that has the fears.
The headline is also misleading as the article goes on to say bosses are confident there won't be any closures (or closers). Its the Union that has the fears. thequietone
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8:23am Wed 14 Mar 12

happycyclist says...

The idea that people should be able to buy tickets from shops and garages is 5-star stupidity and typical of someone who has no grasp of the way public transport works.
Garages? That's where people who wouldn't be seen dead on public transport go to buy fuel for their CARS, not railway tickets, FFS. There are three garages in Darwen and none of them anywhere near the railway station. How is that helping a PUBLIC TRANSPORT system? These jokers need to booted out of government as soon as possible.
The idea that people should be able to buy tickets from shops and garages is 5-star stupidity and typical of someone who has no grasp of the way public transport works. Garages? That's where people who wouldn't be seen dead on public transport go to buy fuel for their CARS, not railway tickets, FFS. There are three garages in Darwen and none of them anywhere near the railway station. How is that helping a PUBLIC TRANSPORT system? These jokers need to booted out of government as soon as possible. happycyclist
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8:28am Wed 14 Mar 12

DaveBurnley says...

This idea was probably thrown together by a bunch of bosses sat in an office in Warrington. They won't be affected because they will have cars provided by the firm to save them having to mix with ordinary folk.
This idea was probably thrown together by a bunch of bosses sat in an office in Warrington. They won't be affected because they will have cars provided by the firm to save them having to mix with ordinary folk. DaveBurnley
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5:12pm Fri 16 Mar 12

carrman2 says...

Do we need Ticket offices these days ,most trains have conductors or lots of people buy tickets online ,
Do we need Ticket offices these days ,most trains have conductors or lots of people buy tickets online , carrman2
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