Warning over proposed rail cuts

RMT Regional Organiser Craig Johnston, left, pictured with local union members outside Scarborough Railway Station.'113652.
RMT Regional Organiser Craig Johnston, left, pictured with local union members outside Scarborough Railway Station.'113652.

TRANSPORT union members visited Scarborough to raise their concerns over proposed changes to Britain’s railway.

RMT officials were joined at Scarborough station yesterday afternoon by local union members as part of the Scarborough leg of a whistle stop tour around the North of England.

They were attempting to raise public awareness over proposals outlined in the McNulty Report.

The independent report was commissioned by the Department of Transport to try and outline ways to improve the countries rail service.

Proposals suggested in the report include uncapped prices, as well as axing smaller ticket offices, such as the one at Malton.

RMT Regional Organiser Craig Johnston said: “The Government are wanting to increase ticket prices, even though this country already has some of the most expensive in Europe.

“The profits train companies are making are just getting syphoned off by rail bosses, and that has to stop.”

Dave Roberts, Chairman of the RMT’s Scarborough branch, believes the cuts could have a huge impact on the town.

He said: “Scarborough is reliant on the train, for commuters and for tourism.”