5 August 2014
RMT Press Office
Mick Cash, RMT Acting General Secretary, said:
“While RMT welcomes any moves to invest in transport infra-structure in the North it should be remembered that these plans are totally at odds with those outlined in the Government’s current consultation on Northern Rail and Trans Pennine Express which far from recommending expansion actually slash services to ribbons.
“It is also pure show-boating for George Osborne, whose austerity cuts are behind the axing of jobs and services on the railways, to claim he is backing modernisation and investment when he is, of course, the axe-man in chief.
“Two decades of privatisation also shows us that the private sector cannot be trusted to run transport as anything other than a “get rich quick” scheme. Any expansion of services in the North, like those being proposed by the local authorities today, must be run in the public sector as a public service free from the poison of greed and profiteering.”
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