Northern transport strategy 'blatent electioneering'

20 March 2015

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has described the ‘revolutionary plans for northern transport’ set out by George Osborne, Nick Clegg, and Patrick McLoughlin today as ‘blatant electioneering.’

Mick said: ‘The plans set out by the Chancellor, Deputy Prime Minister and Transport Secretary are fanciful in the extreme. What they describe as HS3 is really – if you look at the plans in detail – just tinkering with the signalling. And to imagine trains could run at 140mph on stretches of that track is living on Fantasy Island.


‘This is about the Tories –and the Lib Dems – making promises on which they know they will never have to deliver. It’s all pie in the sky. A blatant piece of post-Budget electioneering.


‘As a trade union seriously interested in the future of Britain’s railways we welcome all and any investment in the future transport needs of this country. Real investment,properly thought out, which is going to be delivered. But we can see this for what it is – naked electioneering. At a time when, on Northern Rail and TransPennine Express, they are slashing services and cutting jobs.

'And while it's all very well - if misleading - to talk about a transport strategy for the north, what about the rest of the country?'

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