Damian takes a keen interest in public consultations that affect residents in East Hampshire.
Most recently, South Western Railway (SWR) launched a consultation into changes to ticket offices across it's network of stations. SWR announces public consultation on station change proposals (southwesternrailway.com)
Damian received a lot of correspondence from constituents about this consultation, many of whom were concerned about the impact of these proposals on vulnerable groups. The consultation closed on 1st September 2023. Damian's response can be found below.
On 31 October 2023, the Transport Minister, Huw Merriman MP, announced that, following the consultation and extensive discussions with accessibility and passenger groups, the proposals on ticket offices will not proceed. The Minister has now asked industry to withdraw its proposals, with the expectation being that ticket offices will no longer be in line for closure.