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Independent Rail Watchdog Small Step Forward - Cortes

18 March 2019

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has welcomed reports that rail leaders are set to call for a new independent watchdog for the industry.

According to the Daily Telegraph this is aimed at making sure Transport Secretary, Failing Chris Grayling, takes ‘a back seat from meddling with the country’s ­beleaguered train network’.

Later this week the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) will urge Keith Williams, who’s leading a government backed review of the railways to set up an “arms-length body” preventing the railways from being used as a ­’political football’.

The RDG Chief Executive – Paul Plummer – is expected to tell a conference in London tomorrow (Tuesday 19th March) “the public doesn’t know who is responsible for which parts of the system. There are too many bodies, some with conflicting remits and competing agendas.”

The step is seen as a significant intervention as the RDG is the trade body representing operators, tracks and station owners, Network Rail.

Manuel Cortes said: “Our union supports any direction of travel that tries to remove rail from the mayhem and meddling of Tory Transport Ministers, so this move by the RDG is a welcome step forward.

“It’s a further signal that systemic overhaul of the railways is necessary. Britain’s best social and economic interests, and those of passengers, will only be served by fast tracking our railways back into public hands.”

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