17 August 2015
RMT Press Office
RAIL UNION RMT today pledged to work with sister unions and the local community on a campaign to force back a threat of closure hanging over the Millerhill rail depot just south of Edinburgh.
Network Rail have served notice of their plans to remove their track engineering and maintenance functions from the depot and move them south of the border. The move would wreck the viability of the depot, which is also used by DB Schenker and has been identified as a pivotal link in delivering the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme, and would threaten jobs both directly and throughout the supply chain back to Lanarkshire.
General Secretary Mick Cash said;
“RMT is taking the issue of the future of Millerhill depot up directly with the Scottish Government – they cannot sit back while a key rail resource, which has cost millions of pounds to develop and which has a vital role to play in the future as rail capacity is expanded across Scotland, is destroyed in an act of industrial vandalism.
“The depot sits in an area which was ravaged by the destruction of the mining industry and provides decent jobs both directly and throughout the supply chain. The Scottish Government have to take this seriously and take immediate action to halt the closure threat which makes absolutely no economic or strategic sense whatsoever.
“RMT officials are prepared to meet with the Minister to set out our case to save Millerhill depot and we will taking that campaign into the local community which knows exactly what is at stake.”