Unions criticise rail reform plans as ‘missed opportunity’

Rail union leaders and politicians have attacked plans to reform the railways, accusing the government of merely “papering over the cracks”. Labour said it raised more questions than answers while a campaign group accused ministers of “rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic”. Half measures Manuel Cortes, leader of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association, said: The Conservatives …
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‘Drastic cuts’ to railway jobs could lead to ‘catastrophic consequences for rail safety’

Rail union leaders are warning of a national dispute over fears that thousands of maintenance jobs are set to be axed because of massive cuts in spending. The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) is seeking urgent talks with the Government over the future of Network Rail, as well as safety and maintenance standards on …
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Campaigners criticise ‘broken privatised system’ as rail fares soar

Rail fares have increased above inflation, leading campaigners to criticise the rise and call for nationalisation. Fares rose by 2.6% in England and Wales on 1 March. This is the first time since 2013 that prices have risen above inflation. Critics have said the rise will make rail travel less accessible and undermine greener transport …
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Welsh government announces nationalisation of rail service

The Welsh government has decided to nationalise its railways following a significant drop in passenger numbers because of coronavirus (Covid-19). The country’s transport minister Ken Skates said bringing day-to-day rail services for its Wales and Borders franchise under public control would help secure the future of passenger services and protect jobs. Private firm KeolisAmey, a …
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