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DfT incompetence

08 November 2016

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has condemned the Conservative government’s decision to delay four big projects on the Great Western route. Mick said: ‘The decision to defer the electrification of the line between Oxford and Didcot Parkway; of Filton Bank (Bristol Parkway to Bristol...

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Update: ASLEF on Southern dispute

07 November 2016

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has set the record straight after deliberately misleading statements made over the weekend by Angie Doll, passenger services’ director of Southern Railways. Mick said: ‘Contrary to what Govia Thameslink Railway is claiming, we have not cancelled our ballot for...

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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...

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ASLEF on Orgreave

01 November 2016

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has spoken out after Home Secretary Amber Rudd ruled out a public inquiry into the way South Yorkshire Police handled the violent clashes between police and miners at the Orgreave coking plant in 1984. Mick said: ‘I am disappointed,...

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Government must act to support rail freight

21 October 2016

Train drivers’ union ASLEF today called on the government to act urgently to support the rail freight industry. The union has written to the Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling MP following the announcement earlier this week by the UK’s largest rail freight company DB Cargo that it...

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