LETTERS: Cutting railway staff produces the wrong kind of station

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The Independent Online
RICHARD Grimmer picked the wrong stations when he tried to get permission to talk to passengers on railway property ("True stories from the Great Railway Disaster: So you want to do an interview at a station?", 3 March). Thanks to the short-sighted policy of "destaffing" to cut down on costs, there are any number of stations in London and elsewhere where you will never encounter a member of railway staff even if you are looking for one. At one of these stations, Mr Grimmer could have gone about his business untroubled; he would also have seen evidence of the vandalism and fare evasion that the destaffing policy has produced, and which has turned many stations into "no-go" areas as far as many potential passengers are concerned.

Graham Larkbey

Railway Development Society London N6