10 May 2018
RMT Press Office:
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
"It's nothing but a smokescreen for Chris Grayling to suddenly start parading around as a great rail moderniser when he's the man who deliberately pulled the plug on a raft of key electrification and upgrade plans. No one is going to believe a word he says.
"Britain's railways have been jammed in the slow lane for decades due to a toxic combination of under investment, fragmentation and private profiteering.
"To drag ourselves into the digital age will take more than a PR stunt. It will require real investment in staffing and technology and an end to the bleeding away of the cash required to make it happen by the greedy private train operators.
" A modern railway requires an integrated, publicly owned framework with the financial and staffing resources required to make up for years of neglect."