ASLEF welcomes Labour pledge on electrification

02 August 2017

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers' union, today welcomed Labour's pledge about modernising Britain's railways after Theresa May’s Conservative government abandoned plans to modernise Britain’s railway system – the much-needed and long-promised electrification of this country’s busy main lines.

The Tories announced they were halting plans to fully electrify the Midland main line, Great Western line, and parts of the Lake District. In a masterclass in Orwellian doublespeak, the Transport Secretary, trying desperately to turn a negative into a positive, said passengers would now not have to put up with ‘disruptive electrification works’ and ‘intrusive wires and masts’.

Mick welcomed Labour’s plans to deliver the infrastructure Britain needs with rail electrification and expansion across the whole country, including in Wales and the South West. He said: ‘Chris Grayling's decision is yet another reminder of the lack of ambition for the future which has beset the railway since privatisation and confirms that the government’s rail policy is no more than make do and mend. Bi-mode trains are more expensive, less reliable and slower to accelerate than electric trains. Passengers on packed trains today will be on even more packed trains in 10 years’ time. The failure of successive governments to develop a transport strategy has been a huge impediment to economic growth and social mobility which will only be worsened in a post-Brexit Britain. In contrast, the Labour party offers the prospect of building a better Britain.’

Government must intervene on fares

15 August 2017

Commenting on the July RPI announcement which will see fares rise by 3.6% from January 2018 ASLEF General Secretary Mick Whelan said ‘The fares system is broken and needs to be reformed. The government must intervene to make fares simpler, fairer and cheaper in Brexit Britain. At the very least,...

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Scottish Transport Minister must act to end violence

11 August 2017

ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has called on Scottish Transport Minister Humza Yousaf to act to end the violence and anti-social behaviour plaguing passengers and staff on trains and stations. The union has warned that members are ready to refuse to work these services unless something is done. Kevin Lindsay,...

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John Davies funeral

04 August 2017

The funeral of former EC member John Davies, who died on 29 July, will take place at 14.45 on Tuesday 22 August at Eltham crematorium, Crown Woods Way, London, SE9 2AZ. There will be transport after the service to Hither Green Club and station.

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RIP John Davies, former EC member No1

01 August 2017

We are sad to report that we have just heard of the death of Honorary ASLEF member John Davies.  John was formerly a member of Hither Green branch.  He was active at branch, LDC and Sectional Council level and was a former Executive Committee Member for District No. 1. 

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Overcrowding on Britain's trains

31 July 2017

Mick Whelan has put the blame for overcrowded commuter trains firmly where it lies – on privatisation – after new figures from the Department for Transport revealed the extent of the problem on Britain’s railways.   Mick, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, said: ‘If only we had...

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