Cumbrian MP Tim Farron presented a petition to the House of Commons opposing plans to close railway station ticket offices.

The petition was signed by over 3,000 residents from the county, with the emphasis placed on the role offices play for the elderly.

Last month, the group that Mr Farron chairs, Cumbria Better Connected, wrote a joint letter to the Secretary of State for Transport Mark Harper looking for the decision to be reversed.

Mr Farron said: "My constituents urge rail firms to cancel their plans to close the majority of the remaining 1,007 ticket offices across England, saying that these offices and their staff provide vital services to ensure the accessibility of train services for all passengers."

“The petitioners request the House to urge the Government to take into account their concerns and take immediate action to drop plans to shut railway station ticket offices."