ASLEF on train punctuality problems

18 July 2017

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has cautiously welcomed the train companies’ offer of a new way of admitting when a train is really late.
 
‘We welcome the new transparency,’ said Mick. ‘But we wait to see if the privatised train companies will employ adequate numbers of staff in booking offices, on platforms, and on trains to ensure access and egress for passengers and that services keep to schedule.
 
‘Because the disappointing story of the last few years is of companies cutting staff – to boost profits – which is why passengers complain that there are not enough staff to help them with the information they need, and to get on and off trains.’
 
Note: The Rail Delivery Group announced today it would publish national punctuality statistics to the minute instead of within five or 10 minutes of planned arrival times.

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