Ticket office threat

A TICKET office at Alnmouth Rail Station has been highlighted for closure in a report which looked at value for money in England’s rail services.

But Liberal Democrat MP for Berwick Sir Alan Beith doubts the claims are accurate as major improvements continue to take place at the station.

The ticket office is one of 675 in the country which could be axed if the McNulty report is given the green light by transport secretary Philip Hammond this autumn, according to the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA).

The association has published a list of category E stations, which are small staffed stations which typically have only one member of staff in attendance at any one time, that have been highlighted for closure to save money.

And Alnmouth has been included in this list.

The McNulty Report, Realising the Potential of GB Rail: Report on the Rail Value for Money Study proposes that all Category E Stations should have their staffing removed.

Sir Alan said: “This seems to be a rumour without much evidence behind it, particularly given that Alnmouth Station has several staff and has seen a big expansion in passengers and services in recent years, but I am checking this with the Department of Transport.”