RAIL users have backed calls for the ticket office at Mossley Railway Station to remain open, after it was earmarked for possible closure in a Government report.
The recommendation to close up to 675 ticket offices nationwide, is one of a package of measures in the McNulty Report, which was published last year.
But the Friends of Mossley Station group say replacing the ticket office with vending machines will have a detrimental impact on users of the station – and they have launched a campaign to protect their ticket office.
Mr Reynolds has already received a petition calling for the future of the ticket office to be safeguarded.
He has vowed to raise the issue with the Department for Transport and on Friday he met with Friends of Mossley Station, outside Mossley Railway Station.
"Mossley Railway Station is well used and is much valued by the community in the town, who rely on the transport link it offers to Stalybridge, Manchester and beyond," said Mr Reynolds.
"It is important that our rail industry runs as efficiently and as cost-effectively as possible, but I do think the Friends of Mossley Station are right to be concerned about any moves to close the ticket office.
"Many of the people who use the railway station in Mossley appear to know the staff by name. And they say the staff play a vital role in making sure the platforms are litter free and well cared for – as well as ensuring vulnerable rail users feel safe.
"Rail users tell me they fear queues at the ticket machines mean it could take far longer to buy a ticket. And I understand some people find the range of fares are so complex that without the help of ticket office staff they couldn’t be certain that they had purchased the most appropriate ticket for their journey.
"We need to make sure that any changes do not discourage people from using public transport. And I am sufficiently concerned to raise this issue with the Department for Transport."
Mossley Railway Station is not the only ticket office to be highlighted for possible closure in the McNulty Report. Others local stations where ticket offices could face the axe include Ashton-under-Lyne, Broadbottom, Guide Bridge, Hattersley and Newton for Hyde.
Published 23 April, 2012