RMT steps up Northern & TransPennine Express campaign

RMT steps up Northern & TransPennine Express campaign

28 July 2014

RMT Press Office

RAIL UNION RMT is stepping up the campaign over the threat to jobs, services and safety arising out of the consultation on the future of the Northern and Trans Pennine, being conducted by the Department of Transport, which is due to end on the 18th of August.

RMT’s campaign against the plans has activated a much broader and wider consultation on the damaging proposals than the Government’s and the shadowy “Rail North” with major campaigning events already held at Manchester (Piccadilly), Preston, York, Leeds, Cleethorpes, Liverpool Lime Street and Wigan Wallgate. The next phase of activities kicks off in Windermere  and Doncaster tomorrow and include:

TUESDAY 29th JULY 2014 - 10.30 - 12.30
Outside Windermere Railway Station

TUESDAY 29th JULY – 07.00 – 09.00
Doncaster Railway Station

9.30 - 12.30
Outside Barrow-in-Furness Railway Station

10.00 – 12.30
Leeds Railway Station

THURSDAY 31st July 2014
RMT Stall at Grey's Monument, Grey Street, Newcastle between 11am - 2.30pm AND Leafleting and Protest (at the final DfT consultation roadshow) OUTSIDE Newcastle Central Station from 3.30pm and 6pm

MONDAY 4th August 2014
Outside Carlisle Citadel Station between 7am and 9am

THURSDAY 7th August 2014
Outside Preston Station (BUTLER STREET ENTRANCE) 7am - 9am

RMT has listed a catalogue of issues that the union is mobilising the industrial, political and public campaign around;

•    Driver Only Operation to be introduced on the Northern franchise
•    Driver Only Operation to be left at the discretion of the franchisee on the TPE
•    Reducing ticket office opening times
•    Cuts to “back room and support functions” staff
•    Possible “alliancing” between franchisees and Network Rail
•    Encouraging “local delivery models” and community rail (especially in the North East of Northern franchise)
•    Increasing fares
•    Promoting third party funding of services

RMT has raised deep concerns that the entire consultation is not only flawed but is wholly bogus as it emerged in written answers to parliamentary questions that “Rail North”, a group of local authorities supposed to be conducting the consultation with the Department for Transport, in fact have no control over the process with all decisions taken by the Government and its senior officials.

RMT Acting General Secretary Mick Cash said:

“As the bogus and rushed Government consultation on the Northern and Trans-Pennine franchise carve-up draws to a close RMT continues to pull in massive public support for our campaign to stop the plans and we will be ratcheting up our activities in the next few weeks.

“Not only has RMT exposed the fact that the consultation on Northern and Trans Pennine Express is being rushed through but we also now know that the entire process, and its outcomes, is under the complete control of the Transport Secretary Stephen Hammond making a nonsense of the illusion that there is any local accountability.

“Let’s not forget that the core of these plans is to axe jobs, throw the guards off the trains and jack up fares while capacity to meet surging rail demand in the area is left to stagnate. RMT is stepping up the fight to both inform the public and fight the savage cuts being lined up for these Northern rail franchises. We have been getting fantastic support, thousands of post cards have been distributed and the political and public pressure is growing across the region.”

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