Rail unions face "massive pressure" to keep services going
RMT union say they face "massive pressure" to keep services running - in the face of cutbacks.
"This shocking new picture highlights the reality on Britain's railways today - staffing, inspections and track renewals have been cut in the dash to save money and there is massive pressure right from the top of Government to keep services running at all costs regardless of the potential human cost. If we don’t reverse the cuts on Britain’s railways another major tragedy is inevitable.
"RMT has made it crystal clear that we want all cuts to staffing, maintenance and renewals reversed and all track works brought back in house rather than subbed-out to contractors. The current contractor staff should be transferred over to direct Network Rail employment. We also want the pressure from the centre to run services at any costs lifted to enable safety-critical works to take place immediately."
RMT say a crack near Selby, due to staffing cuts, has crumbled to a much bigger gap.
RMT claim there is massive pressure from the Government to keep the East Coast Mainline running, as they look to re-privatise the service. They say there are also demands on Network Rail from the budget-holder, the Office of Rail Regulation, to cut back on rail renewals work.
Five people have been arrested following a report of manhole covers being stolen in the village of Cliffe near Selby.
North Yorkshire Police received a call from someone who witnessed the manhole covers being loaded into a van at around lunchtime yesterday.
They immediately called the police who stopped two vans driving out of the village.
They arrested the five occupants of the vehicles on suspicion of theft. They include three men aged 25, 34 and 55, and two women aged 28 and 54. They are from the Goole area and have been released on bail while enquiries continue.
Information from members of the public is crucial to the police and this incident is a clear demonstration of how it helps us.
My thanks go to the person who reported this information, enabling us to make the swift arrests. My advice to everyone is never hesitate to report anything suspicious to us, no matter how insignificant you think it is, always trust your instincts as you could help prevent or detect a crime.
– Inspector Richard Abbott, Selby Safer Neighbourhood Team
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