Letter: Rail Station - Can the councils step in to help?

The new barriers at Harrogate station, permission granted by Northern Rail press office
The new barriers at Harrogate station, permission granted by Northern Rail press office

Sue Robinson describes being asked to produce a railway ticket before she has had the chance to buy it as “surreal” (Advertiser, April 13).

I suspect many will be rather less sanguine, so let’s spare a thought for the unfortunate station staff who have to police Northern Rail’s ill-considered and questionable improvement to our ‘travel experience’.

Has there been any independent legal scrutiny of NR’s peremptory closure of the community’s long-standing ‘short cut’ between East Parade and Station Parade? I dimly recall something about ‘custom and usage’, which gives protection to practices, going back ‘beyond living memory’.

I understand also that when Network Rail announced proposed barriers at York Station, the city council stepped in and banned them.

Do HBC/NYCC have similar powers and if so, why haven’t they used them?

Malcolm Wright

Harrogate