29 November 2017
RMT Press Office:
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“It’s more than a bit rich for Chris Grayling to talk about expanding rail capacity in the distant future when the reality is that today he is cutting back on rail electrification and staffing. This is jam tomorrow and cuts today and the public won't be fooled by it.
“It is no good building new lines if no one can afford to travel on them. Fares are up by twice the rate of wages, with another massive increase due in January, and its shocking that this announcement has said nothing about the affordability of rail fares, an issue that RMT will continue to campaign on.
“The reality is that it’s massive public investment in infrastructure through Network Rail, not the millstone of privatisation, that has fuelled the growth in rail travel.
“It will only be public investment, free from the racketeering private train companies and their demand for ever increasing profits, that will increase capacity and build new rail lines.
“Without that commitment to public ownership, control and investment, this will be just more broken promises on rail with the private operators laughing all the way to the bank and the British passenger continuing to pay the highest fares in Europe to travel on rammed out, unreliable and unsafe services.”