Fiasco on Northern Rail + GTR Southern

04 June 2018

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, said: ‘Our thanks go out, particularly to the drivers, and to all the staff, of Northern Rail, and GTR Southern, who have continued to work hard to provide a public service, in difficult circumstances, under great pressure, and sometimes subjected to much abuse, during the difficulties created by the failures of the DfT, Network Rail, and the train operating companies when they introduced new timetables.

‘We are, naturally, keeping an eye on the situation but would ask the travelling public to place the blame fairly and squarely where it belongs, on the shoulders of those in charge, and not on those of us who are working at the sharp end of the railway, and who are also trapped on trains, not knowing when we will get to our destinations or when we will get home.’

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