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First Great Western franchise extension a farce

23 March 2015

Manuel Cortes, leader of the TSSA rail union, said, "The so called market driven rail franchise system has been reduced to a farce by the Secretary of State who seems much more interested in behind closed doors deals.

"Once again he has simply extended a franchise to the sitting tennant without any pretence at competition. No wonder Tim O Toole is so pleased.

"Obviously, we welcome the fact that £7 billion is being spent on modernising the lines to Wales and the West Country but it is surely worth noting that it is our money that is being spent, the taxpayers are footing the bill."

He called on Labour leader Ed Miliband to scrap private rail franchises if he wins on May 7.

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