Junction ticket office may shut

St Helens Junction Station, Sutton. Picture Gerald Webster
St Helens Junction Station, Sutton. Picture Gerald Webster
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THE ticket office at a St Helens railway station could be axed, according to trade union chiefs.

The Transport Salaried Staff Association (TSSA) named St Helens Junction on a list of “category E’ stations which could see their ticket offices shut down.

The TSSA said stations on the hit-list serve fewer than 250,000 passengers a year and have ticket offices which are open for less than 10 hours a day, usually during peak hours in the morning and evening.

Officials said that at least one or two ticket office staff are typically employed at the stations, warning that more than 1,000 jobs could go across the UK if the closures go ahead.

At the moment, train companies must get permission from the Department for Transport to close a ticket office - but the union said a report had recommended that this requirement now be scrapped.

Bob Crow, general secretary of the Rail Maritime and Transport union, said: “These cuts would de-staff stations and turn the rail network into a criminals’ paradise, and that’s why we are uniting workers and passengers in a massive campaign of resistance.”

A spokesman for the Association of Train Operating Companies (Atoc) said: “The industry needs to cut costs as a way of limiting future fare rises and providing better value for money for the taxpayer.”

It unclear when a decision over the future St Helens Junction will be made.

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