Government rail betrayal

05 May 2017

Nearly £2 billion generated from the sale of Network Rail assets such as arches and depots will be used to reduce the deficit rather than fund urgent rail upgrades, according to reports today. The government’s decision to deny Network Rail the proceeds from its asset sale is yet a further blow to the infrastructure operator’s already delayed rail improvement programme which includes the electrification of major routes such as the Great Western mainline.

Commenting on the news ASLEF General Secretary Mick Whelan said ‘the government is clearly not committed to growing the railway and prefers to manage the decline of the industry rather than get a grip of it. Franchising is in disarray and today’s news means that vital infrastructure upgrades will be kicked even further into the long grass.’

Mick added ‘stakeholders from across the rail industry will feel betrayed by this decision and assengers will rightly be asking if this government can deliver for them. On this evidence they clearly can’t.’

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