9 April 2018
RMT Press Office:
RMT welcomes disabled campaigners' action in London next week in support of guards on trains
RAIL UNION RMT today welcomed a series of action’s taking place in London next week – Wednesday 18th April – in support of the campaign to keep guards on South Western Railway trains.
Campaigners from the “Save Access at Brentford Station” group will be holding a local rally at Brentford Station at 10am on Weds 18th April protesting the loss of the guard guarantee that currently applies on SWR services and which is now under threat.
Sally O’Connor, one of the disabled campaigners, said:
“I have been using Brentford Station since it became fully accessible in 2009 when I first started using an electric wheelchair outdoors. I will not be able to use the station without being sure I can get on the train, so soon it will no longer be an option, which makes me very sad.”
Campaigners say that the move by SWR to end the guard guarantee on their trains will deny people with a disability the same rights as everyone else – the right to turn up and go to the destination of their choice.
Following their protest, campaigners and their supporters will be boarding a train at 11am and heading to Waterloo to join up with a main demonstration at 12 noon at Waterloo Station.
RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash said:
“RMT warmly welcomes the campaigning initiatives being undertaken by disability campaigners on Wednesday 18th April in support of equal access to rail services for all and the guard guarantee on South Western Railway.
“No one knows the reality of the impact of the removal of the guard guarantee better than organisations like the Save Access at Brentford Station group and South Western Railway should be prepared to send their top managers down to meet them at Brentford Station to listen to their concerns.
“It is frankly scandalous that members of our communities are set to be denied the same rights as the rest of us – the right to turn up and go on our trains.”