Leeds: Public meeting discusses train ticket office closures: Updated

New Pudsey is one of the stations at risk of losing its ticket office under government proposals. Photo: Mark Stevenson/flickr

A public meeting will discuss the proposed closure of train station ticket offices in Leeds – including New Pudsey and Horsforth.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, 13 July at 6pm in Leeds Civic Hall and will feature Leeds East MP Richard Burgon.

It follows national proposals announced by train companies last week that could see up to 1,000 ticket offices close over the next three years.

The meeting has been organised by The Rail, Maritime and Transport workers union. Members will also be handing out leaflets and demonstrating outside New Pudsey Station on Thursday between 7am and 9am.

The Rail Delivery Group, representing train operators, argues that closing counters and moving staff to platforms and concourses will help more passengers and that ticket office usage is declining

Local residents can have their say on the proposals here. The closing date for comments is July 28.

Update: This article was amended to clarify the meeting date is Thursday, 13 July.


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