No sooner had the £1m Berkswell rail ticket office eyesore been completed [if you will forgive the possible misuse of the word ‘completed’ – ED], the local communities of Balsall Common and Berkswell can now expect it to become a £1m white elephant. Community travel watchdog Together for Transport has revealed today that Berkswell station, which has just seen a dogs dinner of a £1m upgrade, is threatened by recommendations contained in the McNulty report on the future of the rail industry.
In his report, which has been welcomed by the government, Roy McNulty proposes closing the ticket offices of the 675 ‘Category E’ train stations across the country.
Berkswell is a Category E station.
There is a real possibility that the facility could be axed. The new building, which despite being complete, still manages to look like a building site if you stray too close, could now become an eyesore which also serves no useful purpose.
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The Together for Transport action group have reported on this in more detail here: http://www.togetherfortransport.org/content/network-rail-spends-£1m-ticket-office-recommended-closure