I agree with C Blackmore (Letters, SNJ August 2) in regard to ticket office closures that making a profit is a far higher priority for privatised companies than providing a good public service.

I also agree that we can – and should – make our views known at the next general election.

However, I don’t agree that there is no point in protesting in the meantime. The protests and public outrage so far have led to the consultation deadline being extended, giving the opportunity for more people to make clear their views.

The ultimate outcome might still be that Stroud loses its ticket office, but there is now much greater awareness of this corporate greed and of our government’s disdain for properly funding public services. That means many more people will know who not to vote for at the general election.

Susan Fenton