MERSEYRAIL have denied reports that staffed ticket offices are to be phased out of Ellesmere Port.

The Transport Salaried Staffs Association warned 675 ticket offices in England and Wales could close, with the loss of more than 1,000 jobs, under recommendations in a Government-commissioned report.

The union said it had discovered a ‘hit list’ in a report drawn up by Sir Roy McNulty on how to achieve savings in the railway industry.

The list included Ellesmere Port and Hooton stations.

With Little Sutton, Capenhurst and Overpool already without staff, that would have left every station in the area unmanned.

Read more in Wednesday's Pioneer.