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Rail funding failure may cost 1,400 jobs

The Government has been accused of losing 1,400 jobs by awarding a £1.4bn rail carriage contract to German firm Siemens over Britain's Bombardier, which has since been delayed through lack of funding. The Thameslink deal has been held up as Siemens has been unable to reach 'core project agreements' with Cross London Trains. Shadow Transport Secretary Maria Eagle said last night; “Ministers must now accept that its choice of a failed funding model not only cost British jobs but is now delaying the entire project.”


The Conservative party are keeping up the pressure on Labour over their connections to the union Unite this evening after it emerged that the union is to meet US transport union the Teamsters in a bid to get support for a major strike of British Airways cabin crew. Shadow transport secretary Theresa Villiers claimed "Labour's union paymasters" were attempting to prevent BA flights from landing during the period of the strike by "internationalising" the dispute.


Rail companies have called for a "rigorous" review of £8bn of planned investment in the rail network ahead of possible cuts, in order to ensure value for money for passengers and taxpayers.


Labour is planning a new "spy in the sky" road tax system which, according to reports, could cost car owners £645 a year.


Transport minister Theresa Villiers today assured the Commons that no decisions had been taken to "change the scope" of the Crossrail project. Her statement comes following claims that £5bn could be cut from the project, possibly leading to cuts in the number of train carriages or stations.


RMT's announcement today that it would ballot members over a national rail strike prompted an angry response from the Conservative party who accused the union of 'winding the clock back to the 70s'.