Lancashire councils back union’s fears over rail cutbacks

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Government rail cutbacks could cost hundreds of jobs, and result in fare increases, timetable and service cuts, and threaten the safety of vulnerable passengers, it is claimed.

The proposal, to cut Northern Rail subsidies, are opposed by the country’s largest transport Union, the RMT (the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers), with the backing of both Lancaster City and Lancashire County Councils. The original motion, to support the RMT, was proposed by Green County Councillor, Gina Dowding.

She explained: “Not only will there be the loss of hundreds of decent, relatively well-paid, skilled jobs in the north but also passenger service and safety will be compromised by the introduction of driver-only operated trains, the sacking of guards and conductors, station de-staffing and ticket office closures.”