Rail ticket hike fury

RMT regional organiser John Tilley, left, and fellow union members demonstrate about the Government's proposals for the future of the railways at Wigan Wallgate Station

RMT regional organiser John Tilley, left, and fellow union members demonstrate about the Government's proposals for the future of the railways at Wigan Wallgate Station

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WIGAN rail staff took a train fare rise protest direct to breakfast time commuters.

Members and officials of the borough branch of the RMT union handed out Action for Rail leaflets at Wallgate station cleverly designed to look like outsize tickets which warned passengers that the Government’s policies meant a hike in fare prices and a threat to close ticket offices and sack staff – allegedly including Atherton Station – to boost privatised operator’s profits.

They also fear that proposals for train operators to take over signalling and maintenance will affect critical safety standards.

RMT regional organiser John Tilley – a former Wallgate signalman – said: “We will resist every single plan by Northern to close Station booking offices. We will resist the proposals to wipe out the catering on Wigan to London services, and we will defend jobs and services up to and including industrial action if necessary.”