21 August 2020
RMT Press Office:
Responding to the announcement by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps MP that the Department for Transport has created a new Transport Acceleration Unit that they hope will speed up transport infrastructure projects RMT Senior Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch said:
“Whilst we welcome the Government having a renewed focus on speeding up the investment, building and reopening of vital rail links it is nonsensical that this new Transport Acceleration Unit will predominantly focus on new roads when we are in the midst of a climate crisis.
"Rather than prioritise a multi-billion pound road building programme that will only serve to accelerate climate change this Government should be using those billions to invest in our railways to ensure they have the future resilience to withstand our changing climate and the extreme weather that creates.”