30 June 2020
RMT Press Office
RMT calls for Government to prioritise crucial transport investment to boost jobs and the economy
RMT responds to Boris Johnson's announcement on transport industry investment today.
RMT Senior Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch said;
“What Boris Johnson is announcing today is a drop in the ocean of what we need to recover from the economic effects of the pandemic. Pouring more money into roads risks our response to the coronavirus crisis accelerating the climate change crisis.
“What we need instead is a transformation to green transport through massively expanding public transport operating subsidies, capital investment and capacity to deliver publicly owned bus, metro, rail and ferry services which are more frequent, affordable, attractive and safer to use.
“That includes reversing bus cuts, extending rail connections and high speed lines across the country and reopening lines cut by the Beeching closures, together with investment in new freight terminals and the promotion of rail freight.”
A recent report “The case of expanding the rail network” produced by Campaign for Better Transport with the support of RMT can be found here https://bettertransport.org.uk/media/05-february-2019-rail-reopenings-report