West Coast Partnership

04 November 2016

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has welcomed the high speed services announced by the government today [4 November] as part of its new West Coast Partnership franchise -– but fears for the future of our railways under the failed franchise model.

He said: ‘We welcome the introduction, and development, of High Speed 2 services because Britain desperately needs the investment in our infrastructure which will give passengers and businesses a modern railway fit for the 21st century.

‘But we deplore the continued fragmentation of our industry, this government’s continued obsession with the failed franchise model, which is selling commuters and businesses short, and the idea that the way forward is to allow a few people to make a private profit at public expense.

‘Britain needs what Jeremy Corbyn has promised to deliver – a publicly-owned, publicly-operated, fully integrated railway run as a public service to provide the public transport businesses and passengers deserve.’

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