Is Whitchurch Ticket Office set to close? (and see update below)
A leaked report shows that Whitchurch train station’s ticket office could be under serious threat of closure.
The government-commissioned report shows that 675 ticket offices at smaller stations could close; one in four of all ticket offices in England and Wales. The government is expected to respond to the report next month.
There are fears for the future of the Whitchurch office as it appears on the list. It very recently lost its weekend opening, and is presently only open Monday to Fridays 6.00am to 11.15am.
The report recommends that machines are used instead of staff, which is a growing trend.
The machine already at Whitchurch is often difficult to use or out-of-order and suffers from an unreadable screen on sunny days! Neither does it offer the full range of tickets that are available, making purchase very difficult for some rail users. And try asking it for helpful advice…
Closure of the Whitchurch office would be a grave mistake. The station has vastly improved since the appointment of Kevin Durant, who has introduced many enhancements that have made travelling a much more pleasant experience. These range from local history panels and a community notice board, to books and a jigsaw in the waiting room.
Ironically this news also comes at a time when it is believed the station is high in the running for a best station award in ‘Station Pride’. It is believed that it has reached the final stages which would be a fantastic achievement for both Kevin and the town, and our best wishes go for success in the next stage.
UPDATE (8th September)
GREAT NEWS – we have heard that Whitchurch Station is in the FINAL TWO in the ‘Station Pride’ awards for small stations, and is to be judged against Wool station in Dorset later this month. We will keep you all informed on this website.
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