4 March 2015
RMT Press Office
RAIL UNION RMT has demanded urgent action from both the train companies and Network Rail after serious overcrowding on both the concourse and platforms at London Bridge last night resulted in what the union has described as “life threatening chaos.”
Passengers jumped over and crawled under gate line barriers in an attempt to avoid the crush in scenes that the union has described as “horrific.”
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“RMT is sick and tired of the excuses about the continuing chaos at London Bridge which led to horrific scenes at the station last night.
“The fragmentation and privatisation of our railways leaves train companies and Network Rail blaming each other while passengers and staff are left caught in the kind of life threatening chaos we have seen in pictures from one of London’s major rail terminals last night. Those pictures shame our railways and it is about time those in control, including the Government, started to take some responsibility.
“The bottom line is that we are trying to cram more and more passengers into a transport system which is already at bursting point and where the pressure is on to cut more corners and axe more staff in the drive for profit. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that that the poisonous cocktail of surging demand against a background of cuts leads to the kind of horrendous meltdown played out at London Bridge in yesterday’s evening rush hour.
“RMT is demanding action before this chaos becomes a tragedy.”