Steve McCabe gives his support to the 'Save our Stations' Campaign

Steve today joined rail staff, members of the public and members of the TSSA rail union to protest a
 The plans amount to the closure of one in four ticket offices at railway stations across England and Wales. This will include Selly Oak, Hall Green, Acocks Green and Aston Stations.
 
Railway staff argue that unmanned stations are less secure with increases in vandalism and incidents of theft and assault. Surveys have shown that women and disabled users feel particularly vulnerable at stations which aren’t staffed. This was confirmed by a worker at Aston railway station; Vijay (pictured), who has worked for the railways for 23 years.
 
 Manuel Cortes (TSSA Assistant General Secretary) said:
“This isn’t just about our members but the threat which dangerous unstaffed stations pose to members of the public. It’s another example of industrial vandalism”.
 
Steve McCabe MP said:
“As well as security concerns for rail users, tickets bought from machines can be more expensive which is a real concern at a time when the government has just confirmed their plans to approve rail fare increases of 30% over the next three year.
 
“I’m happy to join rail union colleagues today as part of the ‘save our stations campaign’ particularly during the LibDem conference in Birmingham. Remember they fought the last election promising to cut rail fares but now want them increased by 30%”
 
Steve McCabe signed an Early Day Motion on this issue and has raised the issue in Parliament after being contacted by constituents concerned that the Transport Secretary will approve these plans next month.
 
 Attached photo: Steve McCabe MP photographed at Aston Train Station with Vijay, a rail worker and Manual Cortes, Assistant General Secretary of the TSSA Union.
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