31 January 2018
RMT Press Office:
RMT demands assurances on jobs and services as Stagecoach threatens to axe key routes and depot in Norfolk.
BUS UNION RMT is demanding assurances on jobs and services after Stagecoach announced today that it is “reviewing” services and flagging up the possible closure of the King’s Lynn depot and the axing of lifeline Norfolk bus routes.
More than 100 jobs, and bus services including the Coasthopper, are in the balance after Stagecoach - which runs around 50 vehicles and employs 120 staff - said it was reviewing its operations in Norfolk in response to the “challenging economic environment.”
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“RMT officials are in urgent discussions with Stagecoach after this bombshell announcement which leaves jobs and services in Norfolk hanging by a thread. It is essential that Norfolk County Council join us in working to protect these lifeline services to thousands of people across their area.
“Stagecoach has only operated Norfolk bus services since December 2013 and serious questions need to be asked as to exactly what has gone wrong and why.
“RMT’s absolute priority is to protect our members and the lifeline services they provide to the local community and the low income, eldery and vulnerable groups without access to a car who would be condemned to lives of transport poverty if routes are axed.
“In the wake of the Carillion collapse here we have yet another example of what happens when privatisation and profit is allowed to take priority over public service. Bus services are already being slashed and axed across the country as private operators cherry-pick the profitable routes. This scandal must end and RMT will continue to fight for accessible bus services for all.”