14 January 2021
RMT Press Office:
RAIL UNION RMT responds to confirmation today from the Rail Delivery Group of cuts to routes and capacity across the network in light of the current lockdown.
General Secretary Mick Cash said;
"It is vital that we keep services running to transport essential workers whilst maintaining the safest possible practices to protect both staff and passengers in light of the serious threat posed by the virulent new COVID variant. RMT at national and local level will be keeping the situation under review and will continue discussions with all operators and Network Rail.
"It is also essential that we maintain staffing levels, investment and infrastructure to ensure that the rail industry is fighting fit to help kickstart Britain's economic recovery when the current restrictions are lifted. We need to maintain a long term view that recognises the crucial role that rail, shipping and transport will play in building and investing our way out of this current crisis."