27 October 2020
RMT Press Office:
RMT reveals that Londoners are being offered 22 times less funding than private Train Companies in politically motivated attack on TfL.
TRANSPORT UNION RMT has revealed today that Londoners face a bleak future in which the capital’s transport network will be starved of money if the government gets its way.
The union’s research exposes the double standards at the heart of transport policy, and has shown that the ‘take it or get taken over’ ‘offer’ made to TfL would mean London getting the equivalent of £1 per passenger journey over the next six months, compared with £22 per passenger journey which is being handed out to the government’s friends in the failing Train Operating Companies.
Chiltern Railways, which runs through Boris Johnson’s constituency are set to receive more than £20 per passenger journey, while Transpennine Express, which runs through Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Yorkshire constituency stands to get £36.
Commenting on the revelations, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
“It cannot be right that Londoners are being threated with 22 times less funding per passenger journey than the private train companies.
“We welcome the support that’s been given to the rail industry but we have to see the same standards applied to London’s massive transport network.
“Instead we’re seeing a politically motivated attack which is starving the capital of transport finding and piling on the pain for ordinary Londoners and small businesses.”
Notes for Editors
One Rule for Millionaries, Another for Londoners examined the value of the support packages over 6 months measured against the volume of passenger journeys likely to be made under current trends over the same period. It uses data from the Office of Rail and Road, the DfT and TfL and finds that there is a vast disparity between the level of funding per passenger journey being offered to London and that given to the TOCs. While Londoners are lined up for a punishment beating that will see fares and taxes rise in return for a starved transport system, the Train Operating Companies have been gifted funding worth more than 20 times what London stands to get. The report can be downloaded at https://bit.ly/3osTdPU