14 March 2019
RMT Press Office:
RMT renews nationalisation call as ORR fine GTR and Ministers tell MPs Government reviewing company’s future
Responding to the ORR fine of GTR and Ministers telling MPs that the Government is reviewing the company’s future RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
“This fine is yet another meaningless slap on the risk for a company that has consistently damaged the lives of passengers and the economy on a colossal scale.
“From cancelling thousands of trains, waging war to get rid of guards, failing disabled passengers and presiding over timetable chaos, this is a failed company operating in Grayling’s failing railway.
“Ministers are now telling MPs that their review into the future of the railways is examining GTR. Passengers don’t want reviews they want renationalisation.”
Notes to editors
Parliamentary answer below
Department for Transport
Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern Rail Franchise
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what decisions his Department has taken on the next Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise; and if he will make a statement.
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 14 February 2019
The Department has started considering the future of the Thameslink, Southern, and Great Northern franchise (TSGN). We are working closely with the Williams Rail Review, which is examining the most appropriate organisational and commercial models for the future of the rail industry. As a result, a decision will not be made regarding the future of TSGN before the Review findings are published in Autumn 2019.