Hertford and Stortford Labour welcomes victory for residents as ticket office closures scrapped
Hertford and Stortford Labour Party today (Tuesday 31st October 2023) welcomed the news that plans to close train station ticket offices across the country have been scrapped. Under the plans, residents in Hertford and Stortford would have seen every ticket office in their constituency closed.
Labour councillors supported a cross-party demonstration alongside residents in Bishop’s Stortford, organised a similar demonstration supported by residents and UNISON Herts members at Hertford East and supported action outside of Hertford North ahead of the consultation deadline.
Josh Dean, Hertford and Stortford Labour’s Parliamentary Spokesperson, said, “This is a huge victory for rail passengers across Hertford and Stortford. We said from the start that these plans would make our railway less accessible and less safe, disproportionately affecting elderly, disabled and vulnerable residents in our community. I’m glad that the government has listened to reason and halted plans to shut our ticket offices.”
“Huge credit is due to the many residents who called for our ticket offices to be protected in the online consultation and those who joined demonstrations in Bishop’s Stortford and Hertford in which Labour councillors were proud to stand alongside them. This result would not have been possible without them and it is a credit to the strength of our community that residents, councillors, trade unionists and community groups came together to save our ticket offices.”