Williams - a backward step for Britain's railways

16 July 2019

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers' union, this morning condemned Keith Williams, who is running a review into Britain's railways, for taking a backwards step instead of moving forward.

 

Mr Williams, a former boss of British Airways, suggested, in an interview with Tom Burridge of the BBC, that a 'Fat Controller' figure running another quango is the best way to solve the problems afflicting Britain's railway network since privatisation.

 

Mick said: 'The problem with Britain's railways is the franchising system, which hasn't worked, doesn't work, and will not work. The model is broken. That is what Mr Williams needs to address, not this two-bit half-baked idea to paper over the cracks on the rails.

 

'He is trying to package up a broken model with a further two degrees of separation and it's a step back to the early days of privatisation when the SRA did not work. It didn't work then and it won't work now.

 

'We need to put the wheels and the steel back together in a proper publicly-owned railway which works for everyone - for passengers, for businesses, and for those of us who work on the railway.'

 

 

 

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