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Tuesday 8th January 2013 | 09:12
RMT press release
RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said: "Whilst RMT supports any plans to expand and invest in Britain's railways to meet the demands identified by Network Rail you cannot seriously expect to safely increase capacity whilst at the same time the Government is looking to axe key front-line staff on trains, track and stations. Those cuts to safety-critical staff are right at the core of Sir Roy McNulty's Government rail review and we repeat our call for his plans to be stopped in light of the surge in demand for rail services rightly identified by Network Rail.
"If the Government press on with the jobs cuts plans they will simply be cramming more and more people into an overcrowded and unreliable service where safety is compromised and the profits of the private train operators are prioritised . That is a recipe for disaster and would make a mockery of the work that Network Rail have done as a publicly owned body in identifying future capacity needs as rail demand continues to increase year on year ."
"It would make far more sense now, against the backdrop of the gross-profiteering of the private train operators identified by the Transport Select Committee last week, if Network Rail were given the opportunity to take over rail routes and to run them in the public interest as a public service without the corrosive pressure of delivering a dividend to shareholders."