Spalding Railway Station ticket office could close

Spalding Railway Station

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SPALDING Railway Station will be left unmanned if the Government axe falls on its ticket office.

Spalding’s two-man ticket office is one of 675 under threat at stations across the country.

Others in the firing line include Boston, Sleaford and Skegness.

News of the possible closure was revealed on Monday by the Transport Salaried Staffs Association, who found the proposal buried in a lengthy official report by Sir Roy McNulty on how to achieve savings in the railway industry.

The Government is expected to respond to his report next month.

Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum chairman George Scott said the closure would hit vulnerable people like the elderly and the blind very hard as they tend to buy tickets and seek help from the ticket office staff rather than use the ticket machine.

Mr Scott said: “If they don’t employ the two people at the station, what kind of security are they going to have? Don’t forget these two blokes double up as security.

“The only people I can see who would benefit would be East Midlands Trains but they are going to lose out without security.

“I just don’t see the reason behind closing it.”

As well as issuing tickets and information, the ticket office staff hold keys to the station loos – and also advise passengers with lots of luggage when it’s safe for them to go over the barrow crossing.

Mr Scott said without staff on site the toilets and waiting rooms could remain locked.

East Midlands Trains rent the station from Network Rail and the company says it has no plans currently either to close or reduce the hours of the ticket office.

Spokesman Emma Knight said East Midlands Trains could not rule out a future reduction in operating hours of the ticket office but there would be public consultation before any such thing could happen.