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TSSA blames Government underfunding for new timetable cuts

10 July 2018

Responding to news that Network Rail has scaled back the next scheduled rail timetable changes in December amid fears of a repeat of the chaos in May which is still impacting our networks, TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes said, "The ambition to provide a continuous reliable service is vital to passengers and our economy. Workers need to be able to get to work on time.

"The shame is that Network Rail is being forced to admit that whilst this remains their ambition, it's not a given. Read between the lines and what you realises is that our railways are being underfunded by the Tories.

"The mad fragmentation of our industry and the privatisation of rail services just make matters even worse. It can't come a day too soon for long-suffering passengers to see an end to this failed Tory Frankenstein experiment".

"You cant get a modern railway on the cheap, but this cheapskate Tory government's rail miser-in-chief, aka Transport Secretary Chris Grayling is deliberately starving and cutting back public funds necessary for expanding rail services. Cutting back on things like electrification are short-term savings for long-term pain.

"Network Rail may be putting a brave face on and be learning "the painful lessons", but long-suffering passengers won't be fooled into believing that the real lesson here needs to be learned by the man in charge. If he's not up to it, Grayling should follow Davies and Johnson out of the door - he certainly won't be missed!".

Operators not now making changes to their existing timetable in December are Cross Country, Govia, Thameslink Railway, Great Western Railway, London Overground, Northern, South Western Railway (SWR), TransPennine Express and West Midlands Trains.

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