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Rail maintenance spending down - as are the power lines

1 March 2013

Manuel Cortes, leader of the TSSA rail union, said: "This is the third week running that we have had major disruption on either the East or West Coast main lines because of problems with overhead power lines.

"We have to ask ourselves if Network Rail has cut back too far on maintenance spending in the past five years, 20%, and whether the ORR and Ministers are right to press it for further cutbacks of up to 19% over the next five years.

"These cuts are leading to a second class railway for passengers who already pay the highest fares in Europe. They should be stopped immediately."

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