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Government rail spending lowest in a decade shame

13 October 2016

Responding to news that Government funding for the rail industry has fallen to its lowest level in a decade, TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes said:

"This under investment in our railways is causing real headaches for passengers and staff that highlights the problems of this government's short termism. Passenger numbers are up, staff numbers are down in too many areas the network is now running dangerously over capacity.

What's more, every penny "saved" by the government compromises safety just a little bit and our staff now expect accidents to be more -not less - likely.

"Rail travel is a public and environmental good and expanding our rail networks to improve passenger and freight capacity and connectivity should be integral to our longterm economic, industrial, social and environmental strategy, not a game of political football.

"Around £4.7 billion was spent supporting railways across the UK in 2015/16 according to data from Department for Transport (DfT) Transport Scotland and the Welsh Government.This is a fall of 2% on the previous year and a drop of 12% compared with 2013/14 levels of funding.

"All figures were adjusted for inflation.The funding covers things such as major projects like HS2 and Crossrail, the upkeep of the network and supporting bodies such as British Transport Police.

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