Govia Thameslink, who operate Southern Rail, are planning to close the ticket office at Falmer Train Station opposite the University campus, a move likely to result in job losses and affecting thousands of students, visitors and staff.
This is part of larger scale plans to reduce the amount of staffed ticket stations across the Southern Rail Network, affecting many stations across the region including Hove, Lewes and Lancing.
Scrapping the ticket office at Falmer Station from is likely to have a negative impact on international students, who are less likely to be able to use electronic ticket machines (some do not accept international credit/debit cards), and many customers who need in-person assistance when buying tickets. It will also mean students and staff will not be able to buy season tickets at Falmer Station and increase queueing at ticket machines, something many students and staff already find frustrating.
The consultation period with Govia Thameslink ends on Monday 14th March, so you haven't got very long to respond, so we've tried to make it as quick and easy for you as possible.
Email Govia Thameslink: email firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know you oppose closing the ticket office at Falmer Station. If you click on the link, you'll notice we've written some template text for you which you're welcome to use or tweak to add your own reasons.
Email Transport Focus: They are the independent transport user watchdog for the UK, who handle complaints from transport users, including complaints against rail franchise operators such as Govia Thameslink. You can contact them about the ticket office closure at GTR_Consultation@transportfocus.org.uk. Once again we've included a template email but feel free to tweak it, though make sure you put 'Falmer' somewhere in the subject line.
Petition the Secretary of State for Transport: 400 people have already signed an online petition to ask Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport, to refuse Govia Thameslink permission to close ticket offices across their network, including at Falmer Station.
Got a comment/criticism about anything discussed in this article? Let us know on our social media channels!
Thu 19 Sep 2019
Tomorrow - Friday 20 September - a massive global day of action is planned in response to the growing threat of Global Climate Change. Join the movement on Hove lawns.
Tue 17 Sep 2019
Did you know that the Union runs a support service which is confidential and independent of the University? Last year 95% of students surveyed said they would recommend Support & Advocacy to a friend and 80% were less worried after talking to us!
Tue 10 Sep 2019
Visit the exciting new recycling initiative, led by students, at the Tuesday Farmer's market in the new term.
Wed 04 Sep 2019
'As reps we listen to the student voice and any concerns that students have to provide a unified student voice to the faculty and University management. We make sure the university is hearing what you have to say and that they are aware of anything going well or needing improvement.'
Thu 29 Aug 2019
The USSU has scored 351 points for the NUS Green Impact scheme, scoring well above the threshold of 300 points to receive the highest award.
This list is automatically generated
View all news »