Rail firm deny plan to shut ticket office

Thorne train station.
Thorne train station.

THE rail company responsible for making the decision whether to shut a ticket office at a Doncaster train station has denied closure in the near future.

As reported in last week’s Free Press Thorne North ticket office was one of more than 600 smaller stations nationwide earmarked for closure in a leaked government document as part of the McNulty report.

But Northern Rail has said it is currently looking into a report on the way commuters buy their tickets before making any decisions.

Carolyn Watson, head of corporate communications for Northern Rail, said: “The McNulty report is a wide-ranging and significant study into rail industry costs and we along with other partners are giving it the serious and detailed consideration it rightly deserves.

“We have no immediate plans to close the ticket office at Thorne North; however we recognise that our passengers have differing preferences for how they buy their tickets.

“Over recent years we’ve improved our ticket offices and installed more ticket vending machines as well as launching our online ticket sales facility.

“We will continue to enhance our retail options for customers, acknowledging that it is not one size fits all.”