HomeBusinessRMT calls for government support for open-access operators

RMT calls for government support for open-access operators


As the government continues to fund the franchised train operators, at the same time stating that franchising itself, as a system, will end, the RMT trade union has called for urgent government support for open-access rail operators to avoid job losses.

Unlike the franchised train companies, the open-access operators have received no government support during the pandemic. As a result, both Grand Central and Hull Trains are proposing job cuts.

To protect its members, RMT is demanding urgent government intervention to support the open-access sector and to protect all jobs at Grand Central and Hull Trains.

Mick Cash, RMT.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Months ago, RMT warned the government that the open-access rail operators were in need of emergency funding, yet they have received no government support throughout the pandemic.

“Passenger numbers across the railway remain far below pre-COVID levels, and both Grand Central and Hull Trains are now proposing redundancies as a result of this loss of revenue.

“I have written to the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, to demand an urgent support package for the open-access sector to enable them to remain viable and to protect all jobs and conditions.

“RMT will take all steps necessary to protect the jobs and conditions of its members.”

In addition to Grand Central (owned by Arriva) and Hull Trains (First Group), there are two other open-access operators in the UK – Eurostar (55% owned by SNCF) and Heathrow Express (owned by Heathrow Airport).


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest news

TSSA members vote to accept ScotRail pay offer

The TSSA has called off its dispute with ScotRail, with its members having voted to accept a new pay offer. The TSSA says the offer...

Passengers give rail a thumbs up in latest survey

Nearly ninety per cent of rail passengers said they were satisfied with their last journey, according to a new survey by watchdog Transport Focus. The...

Rail museum holds consultation on major plans

The National Railway Museum will house a consultation on plans for a new Central Hall as part of its vision as the cultural heart...
- Advertisement -

More news

TfL bodycam video results in assault conviction

Uxbridge Magistrates have sentenced a woman to a 12-month community order and 35 rehabilitation activity requirement days following a physical assault on two Transport...

Improvements carried out on major London route

A revamp of 1980s signalling systems over the weekend saw services stopped temporarily between London Victoria and East Croydon. Trains were diverted to London Bridge...

Northern takes control of major rail facility

Northern has confirmed it now has full control of Neville Hill depot in Leeds. Previously, the depot – along with its 550-strong staff of engineers,...