24 November 2015
RMT Press Office
RMT hits back at “loaded” and “unreal” NAO report into rail franchising.
Rail union RMT has hit back at a report on rail franchising from the National Audit Office today – Tuesday 24th November – which the union describes as loaded in favour of continued private profiteering, being light-years away from the real passenger experience on the railways and sending out a message of “carry on franchising” to the private train companies.
General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“This report bears no relation to the real experience of passengers who are paying the most expensive fares in Europe to travel on overcrowded, unreliable services.
“It also perpetuates the big lie of privatisation that rail franchising is making money for the taxpayer when the truth is the Train Operating Companies are dependent on government subsidy overall and the passenger and tax payer would be far better off if our railways were fully integrated under public ownership. “