Four Islington rail stations to lose ticket offices?
By abi_silvester | Friday, September 30, 2011, 17:00
Stations can be threatening places when they're unmanned, and the
proposed closure of four overland rail stations' ticket offices is
sparking concern among Islington residents.
Upper Holloway, Caledonian Road and Barnsbury, Drayton Park and Essex
Road, are among 265 UK stations that could be left without a ticket office and
only staffed for part of the day as part of a government proposal known as the 'McNulty report'.
Cllr Catherine West, leader of Islington Council opposes the plans:
"This is a real backward step because places like railway stations could
become areas where crime develops and fewer people using the stations
means a loss. Suddenly all the investment is wasted. The council will be
fighting against this for residents."
Despite the implications for these four stations in the report, both TfL
and the Mayor's office have denied that any changes are imminent. A
spokeswoman for the Mayor of London said: "There are no plans to close
the ticket offices at Upper Holloway and Caledonian Road and Barnsbury –
which Transport for London are responsible for – and we remain
committed to staffing them while services are operating.
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