Urgent questions for Govt over Southeastern
Britain’s biggest specialist transport union has written to the Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps calling for urgent answers to questions raised by the DfT’s contracts with Southeastern railways and other train companies after the Department was forced to...
Region: South East and Anglia
Cross Country Franchise extension
General Secretary Mick Cash said;
"The Government, who are financially supporting the train operators, should have seized the opportunity to cut out the middleman and bring the Cross Country operation into direct public ownership.
"RMT will be studying the details...
RMT on Northern being taken into public ownership
Mick Cash, General Secretary of Britain's largest rail union RMT, said; “Northern has become a signal for everything that is wrong on Britain's broken, privatised railways and the fact that the Government have now been forced to take this action...
Region: North West
RMT demands public ownership of railway
RAIL UNION RMT today demanded full public ownership of Britain's failing private railways as the twice yearly rail passengers satisfaction survey today laid bare the state of the franchise chaos. The survey found that the lowest ratings for overall satisfaction...
RMT on news Abellio Scotrail Franchise won't be extended
Commenting on the Scottish Government’s announcement that it will not extend the Abellio Scotrail Franchise Contract past 2022, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “Today’s announcement from the Scottish Government that it will not extend the Abellio Scotrail franchise past 2022 is...
RMT on new ownership of West Coast franchise
The only long term solution to the great rail rip off is public ownership and it is frankly disgusting that the public route wasn't even considered by the Tories when Virgin were banned from the railway.
"As ever on the...
RMT calls for SWR to be stripped of franchise
Rail union RMT called this morning for SWR to be stripped of Britain's biggest franchise out of Waterloo after the introduction of new fleet was delayed yet again due to software problems over the driver-controlled door operation.
General Secretary Mick...
RMT to protest outside Scottish Parliament
RAIL UNION RMT will be demonstrating outside the Scottish Parliament next week in a call for the immediate termination of privateer Abellio ScotRail’s contract and for the essential public service to be brought immediately and permanently back into public ownership....
RMT protests tomorrow for termination of ScotRail contract
RAIL UNION RMT will be demonstrating tomorrow and calling for the immediate termination of privateer Abellio ScotRail’s contract and for the essential public service to be brought permanently back into public ownership. RMT members and supporters will congregate on Friday...
RMT on failing Scotrail franchise
As the Scottish Government confirms today that it has an operator of last resort in place to take over the failing Scotrail franchise RMT tells them to "stop wasting time and get on with it."
General secretary Mick Cash said;...
RMT warns of total chaos over rail franchises
Rail union RMT today warned of total chaos on the railways as it emerged that the private rail contractors club – the Rail Delivery Group - is calling for a new era of wholesale deregulation on the tracks that would effectively...
RMT warnings over planned Government rail review
Rail union RMT has warned that reports this morning that the Prime Minister and the Transport Secretary are to commission an "independent" review into rail franchising is just a blatant and desperate effort to kick the continuing chaos on Britain's...
RMT repeats call for GTR and Northern to lose franchises
RMT repeats call for GTR and Northern to be stripped of franchises as timetable chaos continues into second week
With official performance figures this morning showing that around a third of services on GTR and Northern have either been delayed...
RMT on Virgin franchise speculation
General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“Rumours are rife this afternoon that Chris Grayling is setting up a major “market sensitive” announcement on the West Coast Mainline for six pm and that that announcement may mean a further cash-laden extension...
RMT responds to Grayling/Southern GTR whitewash
"This latest whitewash of the Southern Rail shambles by the Government is hardly a surprise when they've been up to their necks in this fiasco right from day one. This pathetic response to the abject failure by Southern/GTR to deliver...
Operator confirms rip-off for Northern Rail passengers
RAIL UNION RMT today condemned the news that, just over a year into the franchise, German state-owned Northern Rail has announced that they will be increasing fares substantially from 21 May. The increase follows a pervious hike less than nine months...
New privatisation fiasco on South West Trains
Rail union RMT today slammed the latest rail privatisation fiasco which will see new South West Trains franchise holder, First MTR, dumping £200 million worth of new trains already on order in favour of a cheaper alternative.
The 150 carriages are...
RMT reveals that 75% of UK rail now foreign owned
Following the shock announcement on the SW Trains routes this morning, rail union RMT has revealed that, as well as being a license to print money for the private sector, rail privatisation is proving a lucrative market for foreign...
RMT on South West Trains franchise announcement
"Once again the Government have refused to consider the public sector option for a major rail franchise and instead it's a foreign state operator, in this case the Chinese state, which is set to make a killing at the British...
Leeds protest this Friday against Northern and TPE Tender
RMT will hold protests outside a meeting of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority in Wellington Street, Leeds at 10am on Friday March 27 against Northern and Transpennine Express tender documents which includes the introduction of Driver Only Operation and other dangerous...
RMT responds to East Coast Franchise rumours
“It is a national disgrace that the government is about to confirm that it is bulldozing ahead with the re-privatisation of the East Coast Main Line despite all the figures showing that the current public sector operator is handing over...