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Rail passenger comfort to save British steel says TSSA

27 October 2015

The age of trains on Britain's rail network has reached the oldest level in 14 years, new figures show.

Passengers are travelling on trains that are an average of 20.2 years old, according to data from the Office of Rail and Road.

Responding to the report rail union chief, Manuel Cortes said today, "Passengers deserve so much better from the rail companies than to be shunted around in old, outdated and uncomfortable carriages.  

"This government should get a grip and start investing now in a railway and rolling stock fit for this century not the last one.  

"I called last week for our Scunthorpe steel to be saved by using British steel in our rail track.

“Immediate public investment in carriage-making in Britain would save our steel plate industry too.

"Integrated, joined up investment in public infrastructure projects will ensure not only passenger safety, improved comfort and better service on the railways but a future for a British wide steel industry, and high quality, well paid jobs in railway engineering and manufacturing. If the Government has any intention at all of making good on its promise to oversee the 'march of the makers', then let that march start on our own doorstep."

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