At a well-attended AGM on May 19th, Shoreham Society members heard from the Chairman, Gerard Rosenberg, outlining what the Society had done during the last year. From the return of Tony Vinicombe to temporarily edit the journal, to the increased interaction with other local groups, the Society was in a good position to continue. As always, new members of the committee are welcome to keep the society going.
One of the main concerns raised at the AGM was the proposed closure of the Shoreham-by-Sea railway ticket office as part of the Government’s proposal to get more railway staff on to the platform.
- They found using the ticket machines difficult
- They were hard to use, in particular in bright sunlight and when users had eyesight difficulty
- The loss of the information facility of ticket staff
- Not being able to get the best priced ticket from the machine
- A place of refuge and a point of contact when at the station.
We agreed that we would mount a campaign to save the ticket office and after a meeting of a campaign subcommittee we have decided to research what is actually happening as the situation is currently confused. In September we will undertake a survey as to how and when the station ticket office is used.