Yate Railway Station users call for improvements

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Commuters are calling for improvements to Yate Railway Station which has been blighted by vandalism incidents.

Ticket machines were removed after vandalism problems, and recently glass shelters have been smashed.

Sue Walker, a local councillor and chair of the Friends of Yate Railway Station, wants other ticketing options, such as smart cards, considered.

A statement from First Great Western said: "We are exploring all our options with regards to the ticket machines."

At the moment, commuters travelling from Yate have to buy tickets on the train or pay for their journey at the gate of larger stations such as Bristol Temple Meads.

Ms Walker said the group was also encouraging the rail firm to offer other less complicated solutions.

"In the interim we are perhaps looking at a system where people can buy a group of tickets with 10 tickets in, which would be a help."

Yate Railway Station links the town with Bristol to the south and Cheltenham to the north.

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