17 January 2021
RMT Press Office:
RAIL UNION RMT today called for urgent, decisive and co-ordinated action to prevent the collapse of the vital Eurostar link to the Continent.
It is reported today that insiders are warning that the operation could run out of cash as early as the spring as passenger numbers have plunged by 95% as as result of the pandemic with worse to come as Britain closes it's borders.
RMT is warning that thousands of jobs and billions in investment is at risk and is calling on the Government to make an urgent intervention with strategic financial support.
General Secretary Mick Cash said;
"It is clear that Eurostar is standing on the brink of collapse and we need urgent Government action to protect the thousands of jobs and vital infrastructure link to the Continent that now hangs by a thread.
"Eurostar has not benefited from the kind of financial and practical support that has been made available to the airports and ground operations. That needs to be put right as a matter of priority.
"The open access rail operators, Hull Trains and Grand Central, are also urgent cases for action as they have been excluded from the emergency measures offered to the rail franchise holders. We will need all our domestic and continental rail operations to be fighting fit to help kick start the economic recovery when we emerge for this current lockdown."