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TSSA backs MPs calls for equal rail spend in UK

23 January 2015

The TSSA has welcomed the Commons Transport Select committee's call for the end of the "Upstairs-Downstairs" division of new trains where London gets first pick and the regions end up with "the cast offs".

The committee said it was "unacceptable" that 30-year-old Pacer trains of "questionable safety" were still running in the regions and called on the Government to scrap them all by 2020 at the very latest.

"It is concerning that the DfT has chosen to order new trains for passengers in London and the South East while expecting passengers in the rest of the country to be content with reconditioned older trains; cast offs from more prosperous areas," said the Investing In The Railway report.

The idea of "cascading" new trains from the South East to other regions eventually may suit the privately owned leasing companies but not passengers.

"We welcome the committee's call for an end to the North-South divide on rail spending," said union general secretary Manuel Cortes.

"They recognise that the regions have been short changed for too long and it is high time they got their fair share of investment in new lines and new trains.

"Passengers in the North, Wales and the South West should not still be travelling around on 30-year-old Pacer trains while commuters in the South East benefit first from new trains."

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