“Our railways have more passengers than ever before but since privatisation, station staff across Britain have been culled and we are now seeing companies like Southern trying to get rid of carriage guards.
“Our entire network is now woefully understaffed, making travelling more stressful and, sadly, more dangerous for passengers.
“Some stations are no longer staffed at all. CCTVs may be in place but they need sufficient trained monitoring staff to keep carriages and stations properly scrutinised. And they need to be backed up by a full complement of British Transport Police (BTP) Community Support Officers and Officers.
“But monitoring staff numbers have been cut to the bone and we have long warned of the dire consequences and increase in risk to passengers.”
Westmonster Dave is the News Editor of Kipper Central.