2 January 2020
RMT Press Office:
Rail union RMT responds to transport minister Grant Shapps’ announcement on Northern franchise
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“Grant Shapps is big on talk about Northern Rail this morning but short on detail and this has all the hallmarks of a dead cat being slung on the table to distract from the fare rise scandal.
“If Grant Shapps was serious he would set out a timetable for removing the Northern Rail franchise from Arriva and their replacement with the public sector operator. I am seeking an urgent meeting with Mr Shapps to pin down the detail and how it affects RMT members and the services they provide.”