Failing Grayling does it again - Northern trains delayed for two more years

07 March 2019

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has spoken out after it emerged that Northern Rail’s six-carriage long services in and out of Leeds station have been delayed by a further two years. The longer trains should have been brought in at the end of this year but won’t, now, come into service until late 2021.


Mick said: ‘During the timetable crisis no one – not Chris Grayling, the Secretary of State for Transport who famously washed his hands of the problems passengers were suffering by claiming “I don’t run the railway”, and not Northern – ever mentioned that the new, longer, trains wouldn’t be coming in until 2021.


‘That means the problems of overcrowded trains, which the DfT, and the company, promised would be sorted this year, won’t be dealt with for another two years. Now I know that nothing is ever Mr Grayling’s fault, but it is now clear that he knew, and chose to say, and do, nothing.


‘Mr Grayling is the man who hired a ferry company with no ferries and is now responsible for a train company with no trains – or, at least, not the right trains. It’s why his Cabinet colleagues, as well as long-suffering passengers, call him Failing Grayling. That’s why it’s time for him to go.’

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