London Overground looks to axe ticket offices at 51 stations

Anerley and Penge West stations’ ticket offices are among 51 across the capital which have been earmarked for cost-cutting closure.

Croydon’s London Overground stations, West Croydon and Norwood Junction, are not on the list of those about to lose their ticket offices.

The ticket offices that seem doomed to closure fall below the Department for Transport’s “busy” threshold, which requires offices to have at least 12 ticket sales per hour to remain viable. Ticket issuing data indicates that only 5 per cent of transactions are through ticket offices.

Passenger groups and trades unions oppose ticket office closures because this often leaves stations unstaffed for long periods, presenting issues of access problems and personal safety, especially at night. Continue reading

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Friends of Lloyd Park autumn ecology walk, Oct 21

The Friends of Lloyd Park group is staging an Autumn Ecology Walk on October 21, led by led by the Croydon Natural History and Scientific Society. Continue reading

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Parenting course, Ecclesbourne Children’s Centre, from Oct 5

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Little Holland House celebration, Carshalton, Oct 3

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RightfulLives exhibit challenges lack of provision for autism

An exhibition launches online on Monday which say it is an attempt to explore the relationship between the Human Rights Act and people with autism or learning disabilities.

Developed without a penny of Arts Council or local authority grants, the RightfulLives exhibition arose from the evidence that there have been very few successful legal cases applying the Human Rights Act to people with learning disabilities. There have been many documented cases where the Act has barely touched the lives (and deaths) of people with learning disabilities.

The exhibition organisers say, “This shows up in the stories of thousands of people who have been institutionalised, usually many miles from their home, and subjected to a regime of restraint, seclusion and over medication. This often continues for many years.

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NHS parenting classes, Woodside Children’s Centre, from Oct 1

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Manor Farm Nature Space AGM, Norbury, Sep 26

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