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Abellio awarded West Midlands franchise

10 August 2017

Responding to the news that the Department of Transport has awarded the franchise to run West Midlands Trains to Holland's state owned rail company Abellio in partnership with East Japan Railway Company and Mitsui, TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes said:

"The Tories told us they wanted us out of the European Union so we could take back control. But back in his day job, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling continues to out hand our railway keys to the Dutch, German, French and Italian states. 

"If he had an ounce of integrity he would resign but I am not holding my breath. The only way to end this gravy train and keeping money made out of railways in Britain reinvested back in Britain is by electing a Labour government who will end this long running farce by bringing our railways back into British public ownership."

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