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RMT union slams Government rail plans

The Nation Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) have reacted to the Government's rail investment announcement. RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said an investment in rail today is what's needed not a 'political promise of jam' tomorrow.

"All of the rail projects on this shopping list have been talked about for years and with the surge in passenger demand we cannot afford further delays like the ongoing Thameslink fleet replacement fiasco.

"We have the chance to create thousands of rail jobs if the politicians wake up and get these projects moving."

"The truth that the Government choose to ignore is that all of these investments could be funded overnight without costing taxpayers or passengers a penny if they called a halt to the multi-billion pound rip off of rail privatisation."

– Bob Crow, RMT General Secretary

Hull misses out over rail investment says MP

Hull North MP Diana Johnson has responded to news that local rail line between Hull and Leeds will not benefit from rail electrification upgrade under plans announced by the Government.

Faster and more efficient rail links are an important part of Hull's economic regeneration and I'll be asking why this Government doesn't appear to recognise this.

– Diana Johnson, Hull North MP

Instead this Coalition Government is being short-sighted, yet again, about Hull and are failing to grasp an opportunity for supporting business regeneration in the Humber. Hull taxpayers and rail passengers will bear the costs of the improvements that will happen elsewhere in the country from 2014, without seeing electrification to upgrade our local lines.

– Diana Johnson, Hull North MP

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MP welcomes railways investment

Harrogate & Knaresborough MP, Andrew Jones, has welcomed news of a £16billion investment in the railways across England and Wales announced today by the Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Justine Greening MP.

Mr Jones, who is the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ms Greening said that the investment would bring growth and jobs to the north.

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