Solihull and Meriden Labour Party joy as railway ticket office remains open - The Solihull Observer

Solihull and Meriden Labour Party joy as railway ticket office remains open

Solihull Editorial 22nd Nov, 2023   0

SOLIHULL and Meriden Labour Party have welcomed the news than plans to close Solihull Railway ticket office has been scrapped.

Transport Secretary Mark Harper said the government had asked train operators to withdraw their proposals across the country because they failed to meet high passenger standards.

In August, the Observer reported Labour Party members in Solihull and Meriden staged a protest against the closure at the railway ticket office.

Sarah Alan, Chair of Solihull and Meriden Labour Party said: “We are proud of the contribution we played in supporting our rail ticket offices and we are extremely grateful for the overwhelming support that residents in Solihull and Meriden gave to the campaign.

“Every signature on every petition and every consultation completed was vital in achieving such a tremendous victory.

“This incredible result reminds us all of what can be achieved when we work together in order to change things for the better, and the importance of making sure that every voice gets heard.

“We are also extremely thankful to the RMT Union for their tireless efforts on the campaign and to our incredible activists within Solihull and Meriden Labour Party who campaigned so hard for the change we all believed in.”

The news has also been applauded by Solihull MP Julian Knight, who lobbied the Transport Secretary with a heartfelt letter in July.

Mr Knight said: “I am delighted that the government has heeded our concerns and reversed its plan to close Ticket Offices, including our own in Solihull.

“This decision is a testament to the power of community action and the unwavering dedication of our constituents who depend on these services.

“I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported our efforts. This is a triumph for our community, ensuring access to accessible and convenient transportation options.”


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