Government refusal - another kick in the teeth for the north

Government refusal - another kick in the teeth for the north

22 July 2014

RMT Press Office

RAIL UNION RMT today condemned the Government’s refusal to agree to open up a new Sunday rail service on the West Cumbria coast as “another kick in the teeth for rail services in the north which fuels fears about the London Government’s planned outcomes from the current franchise review across the Region.”

A bid to create the first Sunday rail service between on the West Cumbria coast for more than 30 years has now been officially kicked back the Department for Transport. The bid would have led to a trial service linking up Barrow and Whitehaven and would have cost just £315,000 to get up and running. Had it been given the go-ahead it the service would have started from May next year.
RMT Acting General Secretary Mick Cash said:

“Local people are right to be angry that a perfectly viable bid to expand much-needed rail services in West Cumbria has been snubbed by the Government.  It is clear that this is yet another warning shot as to just what the Department for Transport has in store for the Northern and Trans-Pennine franchises when their bogus consultation concludes and the new operations come on stream in 2016.

“Let’s not forget that the core of these new franchise plans is to axe jobs, throw the guards off the trains and jack up fares while capacity to meet surging rail demand in the area is left to stagnate. Those rotten policies are borne out by Government’s kick in the teeth to the people of West Cumbria.

“RMT is stepping up the fight to both inform the public and fight the savage cuts being lined up for these Northern rail franchises. We have been getting fantastic support, thousands of post cards have been distributed and the political and public pressure is growing across the region.”

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