The national consultation on “Proposals to update the railway for how passengers use it today” is open for comments until 26th July. The main proposal is the closure of many station ticket offices with the redeployment of staff on stations.
Effingham Junction is a Category 3 station and if the proposals are accepted the station’s ticket office will be permanently closed and manning of the station will be reduced from the current 31½ hours over six days a week to a maximum of 19 hours on four days. The accessible toilet is only open when the station is manned and its hours of opening will be similarly reduced.
Comments can be made by email or post:
Freepost: RTEH-XAGE-BYKZ, Transport Focus, PO Box 5594, Southend on Sea, SS1 9PZ
A national petition which currently has over 137,000 signatures can be accessed at:
For more information see https://www.southwesternrailway.com/station-change-proposal