1 February 2016
RMT Press Office:
RMT supports calls for public ownership of Tyne and Wear Metro and says that Deutcshe Bahn should be stripped of Northern Rail franchise.
RAIL UNION RMT has repeated calls for wholesale public ownership of transport services after poor Metro performance led to a Council leader calling for the network’s operator to be stripped of its contract following a catalogue of errors.
Last year Nexus, said the Deutsche Bahn, the firm that runs the Tyne and Wear Metro service, were acting in a “deliberately misleading” manner over fundamental failures which saw thousands of people delayed ahead of the Great North Run.
Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle City Council, has said today that the firm’s contract should not be renewed in April 2017 following consistently poor performance.
RMT says that DB’s repeated failures on the Metro also render them wholly inappropriate for the imminent takeover of the Northern Rail Franchise – another service that RMT says should be returned to public ownership.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said:
“ Just a matter of weeks after Deutsche Bahn were awarded the Northern Rail franchise here we have a senior regional politician demanding that they be kicked off the Metro due to poor performance. Both services should be placed in public hands, run as public services in the public interest instead of being milked for profits to subsidise transport across Germany.
“RMT has long campaigned for the Tyne and Wear Metro to be taken under direct public control and the union will readily work with the Council’s in the area, and Nexus, to arrange an orderly transition that would secure the future for both passengers and staff alike.”