Manning levels to be slashed at railway stations

PUBLISHED: 10:08 14 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:03 15 June 2010

Local Liberal Democrats have bitterly attacked South West trains over plans to slash manning levels at Axminster, Honiton and Feniton railway stations.

Local Liberal Democrats have bitterly attacked South West trains over plans to slash manning levels at Axminster, Honiton and Feniton railway stations. All three are set to be closed on Sundays, under plans leaked to campaigners.Tiverton and Honiton Parliamentary Spokesman Jon Underwood said: "This is just the latest step in SW Trains plan to make as much money as possible by treating their customers and staff as badly as they can get away with. It is also part of the worrying trend that rural services are destroyed while the government looks on."The closures will cause further problems for passengers facing rising fares and slow, infrequent services."Not all passengers are comfortable using the ticket machines, which aren't very helpful for a complicated journey. When things go wrong, as they frequently do, there won't be anyone around to help customers."I'd like to urge everyone who uses this service to fight the plans. The consultation period is just four weeks so there isn't much time."We've set up a quick online petition where people can join the campaign against these cuts - it's at www.jon4tivandhon.org.uk/sos.html".

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