More rail privatisation chaos on key commuter route

Published on Thursday, 04 October 2012 16:22
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

Performance standards collapse on "deep alliance" pilot for Government's McNulty rail policy as privatisation shambles continues

Rail union RMT produced new figures today which show that performance on the Governments pilot project for merging private train operation with infrastructure – the so-called "deep alliance" on South West Trains - is in free fall.

Figures obtained by RMT show that in the first full month of the pilot on SWT performance dropped by 3.7 % and average punctuality on the six months to September dropped by 0.6% compared to the same six months in 2011 before the "deep alliance" project was rolled out.

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said:

"Not only is the whole franchising system in chaos today but the Government's own pilot for giving the private sector a controlling influence on infra-structure, under the terms of the McNulty Rail Review, is in meltdown as well.

"The "deep alliance" was supposed to improve punctuality and performance but as these figures show the opposite is in fact the case and passengers on this vital commuter service, facing fare hikes of up to 11% in January, can see standards of service in meltdown.

"The overwhelming case for scrapping McNulty and renationalising the railways is now staring the Government smack bang in the face."

Source: ©RMT

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