RMT concern over cuts on Transpennine Express

RMT concern over cuts on Transpennine Express

22 September 2014

RMT Press Office

RMT has raised concerns over the withdrawal of numerous destinations on the Transpennine Express in a letter to the Transport Minister, Patrick McLoughlin MP.

The union is alarmed that in spite of the fact that results of the recent consultation on the franchise have not yet being made public, decisions already appear to have been made.

RMT has been keen to ensure that the current Transpennine Express destinations would remain as part of the service. They are: Barrow-in-Furness; Blackpool North; Cleethorpes; Scarborough and Windermere.

However, our members were recently briefed on a Network Rail / First Transpennine Express Service Recovery Plan (dated 10th August) over a week before the consultation was due to end (on the 18th of August).

The briefing showed a much reduced geographical scope with only Scarborough surviving.

The fact that Scarborough may be spared the axe appears to be politically motivated in light of the fact that the local MP is the Junior Transport Minister, Robert Goodwill MP.

RMT Acting General Secretary Mick Cash said:

“The Transpennine Express is an Intercity Service with modern trains serving communities across the North. The withdrawal of the service to numerous towns would be a hammer blow to the people who rely on the service and to the local economy.

“RMT is seeking clarification from the Transport Minister on the validity of the briefing that was given to our members and an assurance that the current destinations covered by the Transpennine Express will remain protected.”

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