RMT to hit the ground running in New Year in N-TPE fight

RMT to hit the ground running in New Year in N-TPE fight

23 December 2014

RMT Press Office

RAIL UNION RMT said today that it intends to “hit the new year running” in the continuing fight over the threat to jobs, fares and services from the new franchises on the Northern and Trans-Pennine Express routes. A new list of campaigning events have been set up for the 5th of January as the country gets fully back into business after the festive break

The RMT campaign is taking five key messages out to the travelling public:

*SAY NO to Driver Only Operated Trains
*Keep OUR Ticket Offices Open
*Keep OUR Stations Staffed and Safe
*STOP CUTS to the Transpennine Express Network
*OPPOSE Massive Fare Increases.  

The list of campaigning events now organised on MONDAY 5th JANUARY 2015 is as follows -

***CARLISLE CITADEL STATION
MONDAY 5th JANUARY 2015
07.00 - 09.00
Meet Outside Carlisle Citadel Railway Station

***WAKEFIELD KIRKGATE STATION
MONDAY 5th JANUARY 2015
07.00 - 09.00
Meet Outside Wakefield Kirkgate Station

***WIGAN WALLGATE STATION
MONDAY 5th JANUARY 2015
07.30 - 09.30
Meet Outside Wigan Wallgate Station

***GRIMSBY TOWN STATION
MONDAY 5th JANUARY 2015
07.45 - 10.45
Meet Outside Grimsby Town Station

***MARPLE
MONDAY 5th JANUARY 2015
16.30 - 18.00
Meet Outside Marple Railway Station

***MANCHESTER PICCADILLY STATION
MONDAY 5th JANUARY 2015
07.00 - 09.00
Meet Outside Manchester Piccadilly Main Entrance - at the bottom of the approach near Cafe Nero.

***DONCASTER
Monday 5th January 2015
07.30 - 09.00
Meet Outside Doncaster Railway Station

The government has now been forced to confirm in writing that the Invitations to Tender (ITTs) for the new Northern and TransPennine franchises will be delayed into February at the earliest but there are now growing uncertainties at the DfT about the current TPE franchise extension and problems over the electrification in the Region that look like dragging on well into the new year.

The influential Rail Business Intelligence bulletin has reported that a combination of delays to the electrification programme, alongside a shortage of diesel units and major problems under the procurement process of securing new stock under current timescales, has thrown up a whole series of practical problems that were omitted from the tub-thumping rhetoric of George Osborne in the Autumn Statement.
 
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
 
“The Government’s whole franchise timetable for the Northern and TPE routes has descended into chaos. We now know that the pledges to replace the clapped out Pacer’s has been exposed as nothing but hot air as the Government strategy for rail across the North unravels before their eyes and that they are also being forced to consider replacing one lash up with another by press-ganging 30 year old London Underground stock into service raising serious safety issues.
 
“While George Osborne has been spouting a stream of rhetoric about a “Northern Powerhouse” the real truth is that the whole region can expect a sub-standard, bodged-up services for many years to come. RMT activists and our supporters in the community will continue to be out in force across the region in the New Year with a renewal of our fight against the rail franchise carve up.
 
"Our message is clear, the fight to stop the outrageous attack on jobs, safety and services under the Northern and TPE franchise plans continues in 2015 and the union is sending out the clearest possible signal to George Osborne, his Government and Rail North that they need to scrap this attack on transport operations and to cut the hot air about improving services when they are actually condemning the North to years of rail misery.
 
“Let’s not forget that the core of the Government’s future plans for Northern and TPE is to axe jobs, restrict services, throw the guards off the trains and jack up fares while capacity to meet surging rail demand in the area is left to stagnate. That attack on the fare-paying public has already begun with the abolition of a wide range of off-peak fares and only an all-out and coordinated fight can stop the savage assault on rail in the North.”
 
 
ENDS

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