by Belinda Ryan, Crewe Chronicle
LABOUR candidate David Williams has hit out at plans by Virgin Trains to close the travel centre at Crewe Station.
Mr Williams, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Crewe & Nantwich, said: “I am shocked to hear that Virgin is considering the closure of their travel centres at Crewe, Stafford, Birmingham International and Coventry stations, alongside a reduction of 21 booking office machines across the network.”
He said he was delighted to hear the Government commit to the Crewe Gateway Scheme last week, adding: “This week we are due to see the long-overdue opening of a first class lounge at Crewe. But the removal of the travel centre amounts to nothing less than a downgrading of our station.”
A spokesman for Virgin Trains said the company was committed to Crewe.
“We are looking at the possibility of combining the travel centre and the ticket office. There is no question of reducing the number of staff but the change would give a more flexible way of delivering services to customers,” he said.
He added with regard to the number of ticket machines these were machines used by staff and would not affect customers.