Dawn Butler MP: ‘Brent Overground ticket office closures could cost lives’

Dawn Butler MP has defended an explicit Tweet about the Prime Minister's attitude towards the poor t

Dawn Butler MP has defended an explicit Tweet about the Prime Minister's attitude towards the poor this afternoon - Credit: Archant

Brent Central’s MP has claimed proposals to close London Overground ticket offices will put lives at risk.

Dawn Butler said the planned closures in Brent brings back haunting memories of the murder of Tom ap Rhys Pryce, a 31-year-old lawyer who died in an unprovoked stabbing after he was chased out of unstaffed Kensal Green station in 2006.

She is calling for commuters to have their say in a consultation on Transport for London’s (TfL) plans to close staffed ticket offices and replace them with machines in Kensal Green, Stonebridge Park, Harlesden, Kenton, South Kenton, North Wembley, Queens Park, and Wembley Central stations.

The Labour MP ran a campaign calling for safer stations at the time of the murder, and presented a petition to Number 10. It led TfL to give assurances that the stations would be properly staffed at night.

She said: “After the tragic murder of Tom ap Rhys Pryce, the Labour Mayor and Labour government sought to protect commuters by ensuring stations like Kensal Green were staffed around the clock.

“The then-London Labour Mayor gave a guarantee that all stations would be staffed and in addition provided extra teams of transport police on the London Rail Network to help ensure tragedies like this could be prevented. This Tory Mayor is putting lives at risk.

“I urge all Brent residents to act quickly and take part in this public consultation and voice their opposition to the current proposals.”

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Kensal Green men Donnel Carty, 19, received 21 years and Delano Brown, 18, was given 17 years for the murder of Mr Rhys Pryce.

The consultation runs until January 27.

Comment on proposals by writing to transport watchdog London Travel Watch by email using the subject header “London Underground Ticket Office Changes” at enquiries@londontravelwatch.org.uk or by post to London TravelWatch, 169 Union Street, London, SE1 0LL.