20 May 2018
RMT Press Office
RMT receiving reports of severe disruption from new timetable on basket-case GTR franchise
Rail union RMT has confirmed that it is receiving widespread reports from the front line of severe disruption to services on the first day of the new GTR timetable. There are real fears that routes will be on a knife edge tomorrow morning when passengers return to work after the weekend.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“As RMT warned the new timetable on GTR is placing massive additional strains on infrastructure and staffing levels that are already struggling to cope with current capacity.
"The company are winging it with potentially disastrous consequences. RMT has warned repeatedly about the pressure on the central core through the middle of London which is crucial to the delivery of these plans and those fears are being borne out from reports coming in today.
“It also remains a fact that this company have proved themselves unfit to run a railway since they were inflicted on a long suffering public. From attacking their own staff to axing safety-critical guards, ignoring the views of passenger and disability groups and flouting anti discrimination laws their track record is truly shocking."
“Instead of trusting them with a new timetable they should be stripped of the franchise to make way for an integrated, publicly owned operation that is properly equipped to deliver these services. RMT will continue to monitor the situation. ”