RMT reveals the eight rail routes still dumping raw sewage

RMT reveals the eight rail routes still dumping raw sewage

15 July 2020

RMT reveals the eight rail routes still dumping raw sewage on tracks and in stations.

RAIL UNION RMT has today revealed the eight routes still dumping raw sewage on tracks and in stations and demanded an immediate end to the archaic practice of trains spraying human excrement across the rail network.

Following answers to a number of Parliamentary questions RMT has learnt that eight major train operating companies continue to run trains that dump human waste on tracks and in stations across the rail network despite a pledge for the practice to end by the end of 2019.

According to recent answers to parliamentary the eight companies are Chiltern, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Great Western Railway, Greater Anglia, Northern, West Midlands Trains and Transport for Wales. In the midst of a global health pandemic there is still no end in sight for the dumping of human waste as the Government admits by the end of this 2020 vehicles will still discharge waste onto the track.

Senior Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch said;

“It beggars belief that in 2020 this Government continues to allow train operating companies to routinely dump raw sewage across our rail network and stations.

“It is utterly shameful that this foul and disgusting practice, which leaves our members out on the railways regularly sprayed with human sewage, continues in the midst of a global health pandemic.

“Promise after promise and deadline after deadline has been missed to end this practice once and for all and this revolting saga is now a totemic symbol of the decades old failure of privatised railway. RMT demands that this practice ends now to ensure our members health and safety is put first.”


ENDS.

Notes for editors
 
-          The Train Operating Companies that have been granted non compliance status that allows them to continue dumping waste Chiltern, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Great Western Railway, Greater Anglia, Northern, West Midlands Trains and Transport for Wales.
-          The Parliamentary Question was asked by Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP https://members.parliament.uk/member/4615/writtenquestions and Clive Lewis MP https://members.parliament.uk/member/4500/writtenquestions
-          Former Network Rail Chief Mark Carne secured a pledge to end the practice of dumping human waste on tracks by the end of 2019 https://www.railway-technology.com/features/train-toilet-systems/

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