Thursday, 1 December 2011
Save our station staff in Hackney!
We've been working with other local community groups in Hackney on a campaign to defend Hackney's train station staff. Lots of residents in our ward use Stoke Newington and Rectory Road stations - both of which are under threat.
There is a meeting on Monday 12th December at 6.30pm at the Old Fire Station on Leswin Road.
Jennette Arnold, the Assembly Member for our area on the Greater London Assembly, speakers from the TSSA rail union, the Green Party and Hackney Disability Backup will be there as we discuss how to continue campaigning and raising awareness of this issue. A spokesperson from Abellio, the train operator taking over from National Express in the New Year, has been invited to speak.
Please do come along - those of you have lived in this area long enough will remember the old Silverlink trains when the stations were unstaffed and how unpleasant and dangerous they were.
All the details from Together for Transport below:
A community coalition is launching a campaign to defend Hackney’s train station staff after government proposals to cut ticket office staff were exposed. The McNulty report recommends that smaller stations across the country lose their ticket office staff. In Hackney, this would mean cuts to all ticket office staff at Hackney Wick, Homerton, Rectory Road, Stamford Hill and Stoke Newington stations. Ticket office staff would be cut at Hackney Central, Dalston Kingsland and Clapton. Community activists believe that without staff, Hackney’s train stations will become dangerous, unwelcome and inaccessible places.
A spokesperson for Together for Transport, a founding member of the community coalition, said: ‘Everyone in Hackney who uses the trains and Overground will be dismayed to hear talk of unstaffed train stations. We don’t want to go back to the bad old days of unreliable trains and dangerous train stations. This public meeting will be a chance to show how bad this move would be for Hackney, and plan a community response.’’
More information about the McNulty report and its recommendations on ticket office staff here
Anybody wishing to attend the meeting or find out more information should email firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by Louisa Thomson at 07:05