My wife and I passed through Manchester Piccadilly yesterday for the first time at 14.00 with two large suitcases. Arriving at platform 1 with a connection on platform 13 with 8 minutes to get there. I was struck by the high number of staff as I followed the directions. We were stopped by a guy with a revenue protection badge demanding to see our tickets. I explained my limited time for my connection but he just said I want to see your tickets. These were produced and we moved on. We had ticket inspection immediately leaving Manchester Airport, and again on the train leaving Piccadilly. Piccadilly does not appear to be a closed station. I left Piccadilly with a feeling of too many staff just looking for a job to do. Why do British railways appear to be overstaffed at stations when compared to our near continental neighbours?