EASTBOURNE MP Caroline Ansell is delighted the Government has asked train operators to withdraw their ticket office closure proposals.

This means Eastbourne, Polegate and Hampden Park will maintain the current level of face-to-face customer service for passengers.

She said: “Thank you to all those who worked with me on the response I made on behalf of the town. It showed the strength of opposition from many quarters and we have been listened to.

Eastbourne Station is hugely important to the life of the town – both for locals and visitors – and it needs to be accessible to all.

The plans to close the offices or reduce hours ran the risk of disenfranchising vulnerable members of our community and they went too far.

I understand the need to reform the railways and to reduce costs, but excluding passengers who are not able to buy tickets online or from machines is not the way to do it.”