8 July 2020
RMT Press Office:
RAIL UNION RMT today responded to speculation that future Government support for the rail industry may be linked to cuts and urged ministers to instead seize the opportunity to bring the whole system under public control.
According to reports, the Government is planning an additional 18 months of financial support for the private rail operators, until March 2022, and this funding could be linked to cost-saving cuts. This follows a recent statement from Boris Johnson that emergency funding for TfL should be contingent on driverless trains.
RMT Senior Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch said:
“Linking additional funding for rail operators to cuts, or driverless trains on TfL as suggested by the Prime Minister, is a shameful attempt to make frontline transport workers pay the price of the global health crisis.
“The Government knows that rail privatisation has failed, and therefore, it must use this substantial additional funding to bring the rail network back into public ownership, rather than continuing to bail out the private operators at a significant cost to the public purse.
“If the UK is to meet its climate reduction targets, it is vital that passengers return to our public transport networks, and an affordable, accessible and reliable rail network in public ownership will achieve this.”