City and County Councillors have joined forces to urge Lancashire County Council to keep Carnforth Travel Information Centre open while a new operator can be found.
Lancashire County Cllr Lizzi Collinge and City Cllr John Reynolds have written to Lancashire Cabinet members urging them to accept a report which would postpone the closure of the travel centre and allow county officers to look at offers to take on the service from third parties. Cllr Collinge had previously proposed a postponement back in February when the council voted to close the centre and three others like it in Lancashire.
Cllr Reynolds says he has received large volumes of correspondence on this and raised concerns that the consultation took place while the station was closed for refurbishment saying “Carnforth Ticket and Rail Information Centre is crucial to people in Carnforth and the surrounding areas. Earlier this year, I helped organise two meetings with fellow councillors to gauge public opinion on the county proposals to close the centre. The view of those present was clear, the county should properly fund the service and keep it open. Following that, I know that the council and County Councillor Williamson have received hundreds of representations to that effect. Despite this, they conducted the consultation between March and April, when the station was closed.
“Over this period I have been sent many emails and messages from extremely concerned residents, tired of cuts to services from county and demanding that the ticket office be saved. I see this centre as many others do as a red line, to let it close would be damaging to people who use it, and the wider economy, particularly tourism.”
The County Cabinet will vote on the proposals on Thursday 9th August.