It's not up to the north, it's up to Grayling

23 August 2017

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has slammed Chris Grayling for saying it’s up to the north to sort out rail issues. He was speaking after the Transport Secretary said it isn’t the government’s job to push Crossrail for the north of England.


Mick said: ‘It’s typical of Chris Grayling to look for someone else to blame. Because this is a man who never takes responsibility for anything that happens on his watch or anything that comes across his desk.


‘He is out of step with the voters – more than 70,000 people have already signed a petition calling for a high-speed rail line across the Pennines from Liverpool to Hull – and he is out of touch with people in his own party. Only yesterday the former Chancellor, George Osborne, made the case for just such a link.


‘The truth is that this country desperately needs investment in infrastructure. We will build a better, more modern, Britain by building a better, more modern, railway fit for the 21st century. That is a job for the Secretary of State for Transport and the Department for Transport.'

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