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Parliamentary Inquiry Call Over Crossrail Delays

31 January 2020

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has written to the newly elected Chair of the Commons Transport Committee calling for an inquiry into delays and costs of Crossrail.

Conservative MP Huw Merriman was elected on Wednesday, taking over from Labour’s Lilian Greenwood.

The Crossrail route links London east to west, stretching as far as Reading and Shenfield. It’s not now due to start running until 2021, fully three years behind schedule.

In the letter Cortes, whose union represents thousands of members across the UK in railways and associated companies, writes that the TSSA wants ‘reassurances that private contractors, who have caused the delay to this much needed scheme, foot the bill and not long-suffering Londoners’.

He asks that the Committee ‘might wish to consider an inquiry into why this vital piece of infrastructure, which would increase rail capacity by ten per cent across the capital, is so badly delayed and over budget’.

Cortes also makes clear his willingness to appear in person before the Committee to discuss not only Crossrail, but the future of HS2, which the union strongly backs. He also alludes to suggestions the government may be set to introduce so called ‘minimum service agreements’ during strikes.

Cortes says his union has ‘grave concerns about such a proposal, not least in relation to the safety of the travelling public, but around the basic right to withdraw labour’.

Full text of letter to Huw Merriman MP from Manuel Cortes -

 

Dear Huw Merriman

Congratulations on your election as Chair of the Transport Select Committee.

I’m writing to you on a number of pressing matters relating to Britain’s railways and the future running of the network.

My union represents thousands of members right across the UK and Ireland, working for the railways and associated companies.

You will no doubt be aware that Crossrail – linking London east to west and beyond as far as Reading in the west and Shenfield in the east – won’t now open until Autumn 2021 at the earliest, fully three years behind schedule.

TSSA has called for reassurances that private contractors, who have caused the delay to this much needed scheme, foot the bill and not long-suffering Londoners.

The Committee might wish to consider an inquiry into why this vital piece of infrastructure, which would increase rail capacity by ten per cent across the capital, is so badly delayed and over budget.

I’d also like to make clear my union’s willingness to make submissions should the Committee be taking any evidence on High Speed 2 (HS2) and decisions flowing from the forthcoming Oakervee report.

Ministers have also suggested a willingness to redraw legislation relating to industrial action on the railways, introducing so called ‘minimum service agreements’ during strikes. Our union has grave concerns about such a proposal, not least in relation to the safety of the travelling public, but around the basic right to withdraw labour.

Again, I would be happy to personally address the Committee on these issues which I’m sure you will agree are of the utmost importance and of great public interest.

Yours sincerely

Manuel Cortes

TSSA general Secretary

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