22 May 2017
RMT Press Office:
Rail union RMT said today that a fees dispute over Crossrail services into Heathrow exposes once again the chaotic world of rail privatisation in the UK.
A report in today’s Financial Times has revealed that a legal dispute between Crossrail and the Heathrow owners, which includes Spanish outfit Ferrovial and Qatari and Chinese sovereign investment funds, over track access charges has now been referred to the High Court with a judgement expected within weeks.
It is reported that the issue over access could threaten the future of the Heathrow Express service, a highly-rated rail link to the airport which RMT has pledged to defend to the hilt.
Mick Cash RMT General Secretary said:
“The chaos on Britain’s railways is exposed yet again by this row over track access in and out of Heathrow. The shambolic world of competing rail operators, mangled up with the murky system of track access charges, threatens not only the Crossrail services but could also undermine the viability of one of Britain’s most popular rail links, Heathrow Express.
“If the railways were in public ownership we could avoid these costly and destabilising legal disputes and run the whole rail network in the interests of the travelling public and not a gang of investors and speculators looking to milk the system for all it’s worth.
“RMT will fight any moves that destabilise Heathrow Express and the union will continue to campaign for an integrated, publicly-owned railway that delivers high quality services solely in the public interest.”