RMT reaction to Virgin West Coast extension announcement

Published on Thursday, 06 December 2012 10:30
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said: "Anyone who thought the unprecedented fiasco on the West Coast Main Line franchise was over needs to think again.

"Although the extension announcement has been made this morning it only exposes the reckless high wire act that has taken the negotiations between Virgin and the DfT right to the very brink of the contracts' termination this weekend.

"Because of the shocking ineptitude right at the top of this rotten government Richard Branson has muscled his way into a monopoly provider position on this main line route and has extracted a longer extension than expected leaving it wide open to legal challenge. Meanwhile, pure right-wing ideology stopped this sub-Thatcherite Government from using the safe, efficient and cost-effective option of renationalising the West Coast.

"Millions of pounds that could have been invested in services, or used to keep fares down, has been blown on the West Coast shambles and many millions more will be wasted as further pointless franchising exercises are carried out as the Government learns nothing from this debacle.

"The case for renationalisation of Britain's railways is now overwhelming."

Source: ©RMT

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