The RMT has welcomed a move by Liverpool City Council to do what it can to ensure conductors remain on trains serving the city. The government says bidders for the Northern Rail and Trans-Pennine Express contracts must introduce driver-only trains – a …

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Trans Pennine Express trainThe RMT has welcomed a move by Liverpool City Council to do what it can to ensure conductors remain on trains serving the city.

The government says bidders for the Northern Rail and Trans-Pennine Express contracts must introduce driver-only trains – a move opposed by the RMT, and now by the city council, whose chief executive is to write to the LEP, all Merseyside MPs and the Chief Executive and Chair of Merseytravel to express its position on maintaining guards on trains for safety purposes.

The stance has been welcomed by RMT as a model to be adopted by authorities across the north of England.

 RMT acting general secretary Mick Cash said: “We warmly welcome the policy adopted by Liverpool City Council, which echoes the grave concerns that passengers across the north of England have shown when confronted with the stark reality of the government’s assault on rail services, safety and jobs.

“Campaigning from coast to coast and across the Pennines, our members are reporting a groundswell of support from the public, MPs and councillors, and only an all-out and co-ordinated fight can stop the savage assault on rail in the North.”

RMT North West regional organiser John Tilley said: “The stance taken by Liverpool – a key player in the Rail North partnership – is a model for local authorities across the north of England, and we urge them to follow the city’s lead and put maximum pressure on the government to drop these destructive plans.

“What we are seeing is a ferocious attack on the travelling public and rail workers driven by the notorious McNulty blueprint, and it is a fight we cannot afford to lose.”


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