31 May 2018
RMT Press Office
RMT ramps up calls for Grayling to go before irreparable damage is done to Britain's railways
Rail union RMT today ramped up the call for Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to resign, warning that if the current crisis engulfing huge swathes of Britain's railways isn't tackled as a matter of urgency it will leave a trail of lasting and irreparable damage.
Ill-conceived timetable changes, combined with staff shortages and the rank incompetence of Britain's profit-driven private rail companies, have reduced services on GTR, Northern and Trans Pennine Express to chaos with front line staff left to bear the brunt of passenger anger.
Instead of taking responsibility for his personal failure, the Transport Secretary has instead chosen to prop up the private rail companies and launch an attack on Network Rail - an organisation that has been undermined by financial cuts and the axing of upgrading, renewal and electrification works imposed by Grayling himself.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
"The daily chaos on Britain's railways is down to a toxic combination of corporate incompetence and political failure that can be traced directly to the door of the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling. Instead of trying to blame everyone other than himself and his private operators he should accept responsibility and go.
"The constant attacks on the workforce and Network Rail, an organisation that Grayling has deliberately set out to undermine at every turn on ideological grounds, have to stop and we need a wholly new approach which sees our railways as a vital public service rather than a one way ticket to the bank for greedy and incompetent train companies."