18 December 2015
RMT Press Office
A broken down train on London's Northern Line this morning, leading to massive disruption the length of the line, has capped off a week of chaos for London commuters as the reality of trying to cram surging numbers of passengers into chronically overcrowded rail and tube services comes home to roost.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
"The impact of cuts to maintenance and staffing on rail and tube is the root cause of the chaos for passengers that has been reported every single day this week. Services are constantly running on a knife edge due to years of penny pinching and profiteering and that situation is set to get even worse against a background of surging passenger numbers. The consequences are only too obvious.
"This dire situation cannot be allowed to drag on. The cash sucked out by the rip-off private train companies is urgently needed for investment in capacity, maintenance and staffing. That can only happen through public ownership of the whole transport operation across the board."