Rail firms that fail disabled should lose their franchise

17 July 2017

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has backed a call for train companies to be stripped of their franchises if they fail to meet standards for making their services accessible for disabled people.

 

Mick said: ‘Everyone has a right to use our rail network, and it is probably more important for disabled people to be able to get on and off trains, and in and out of stations, because there are fewer realistic alternatives.

 

‘We all know the franchise system isn’t fit for purpose, and that privatisation hasn’t delivered what John Major promised more than twenty years ago. But the one thing the operators fear losing is their licence to print money.

 

‘That’s why I agree with the think tank Bright Blue. If a rail operator doesn’t deliver, it should lose its franchise.’

 

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