2 June 2015
RMT Press Office
RMT slams bidders for new Greater Anglia franchise as "same old failures, chancers and rip-off merchants".
Rail union RMT today slammed the bidders that have been shortlisted for the next Greater Anglia franchise as “the same tired old parade of failures, chancers and rip-off merchants who have been at it for the past 20 years exploiting Britain’s railways for private gain.”
One of the three bidders is the present franchisee, Abellio Greater Anglia. Abellio is being challenged by FirstGroup and former Anglia operator National Express.
General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“Here we go again. Another spin of the rail franchise lottery and the same old faces who’ve been milking the system for the past two decades, while delivering a lousy service to the travelling public, queuing up for another chance to get their snouts in the trough.
“This is a three way combination of foreign state operators who want to plunder Britain’s railways to subsidise their domestic operations, a company that delivers a service to the South West which is a national disgrace and another mob who threw the keys back on the East Coast when they couldn’t extract a fat enough profit.
“It is a disgrace that any of these companies are allowed anywhere near our railways with their track record and this so-called short list is just another example of why Britain is crying out for a publicly owned railway run as a public service.”