Rail workers protest franchise proposals

CUTS ANGER: Members of the RMT Union protest against proposed cuts to rail staff ahead of a meeting at West Offices

CUTS ANGER: Members of the RMT Union protest against proposed cuts to rail staff ahead of a meeting at West Offices

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TRANSPORT workers demonstrated outside City of York Council's West Officers yesterday in their fight against cuts to rail services.

The RMT staged the demonstration while a public presentation was being given by Department for Transport officials talking about the changes to Transpennine Express and Northern Rail services around York, was being given inside the offices.

The union's Craig Johnstone said the union opposes changes which could come now TPE's franchise is due for renewal, and Northern's franchise.

A DfT prospectus for the renewed franchise show the Scarborough services could go to Northern Rail, and become local services serving only Scarborough and York and meaning the East Coast could lose its direct links further west to Manchester Airport.

New services could also bring in driver operated trains, threatening the jobs of train guards based at York's train crew hub, as well as customer experience and safety, he added

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4:27pm Thu 10 Jul 14

pedalling paul says...

With the present lack of new trains, the DfT directing which TOC's can lease which ttrains from which ROSCO's, it's all become a dogs breakfast. I certainly wlould not like to end up bouncing from York to Scarborough in a "Pacer" train's bus body on flanged wheels.
With the present lack of new trains, the DfT directing which TOC's can lease which ttrains from which ROSCO's, it's all become a dogs breakfast. I certainly wlould not like to end up bouncing from York to Scarborough in a "Pacer" train's bus body on flanged wheels. pedalling paul
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11:53pm Thu 10 Jul 14

dweezil says...

For such a big story, you would think it would be written better. " New services could also bring in Driver operated trains, threatening the jobs of train guards based at York". First, ALL trains are Driver operated. The term, train guard, has not been in common usage for some years. Conductors now work on the railway.
I personally, believe that public safety will be sold down the river at the cost of filling shareholders pockets. Thunderers coments in the Times today shows that fundamentally the Labour party has no heart in righting the wrong.
Leaving such a move, ( Driver only trains, to the new operators desgression) is a bigger issue. One that has wider implications.
For such a big story, you would think it would be written better. " New services could also bring in Driver operated trains, threatening the jobs of train guards based at York". First, ALL trains are Driver operated. The term, train guard, has not been in common usage for some years. Conductors now work on the railway. I personally, believe that public safety will be sold down the river at the cost of filling shareholders pockets. Thunderers coments in the Times today shows that fundamentally the Labour party has no heart in righting the wrong. Leaving such a move, ( Driver only trains, to the new operators desgression) is a bigger issue. One that has wider implications. dweezil
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11:57pm Thu 10 Jul 14

dweezil says...

ALL wheels are flanged.
ALL wheels are flanged. dweezil
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3:54am Sat 12 Jul 14

Magicman! says...

Unless anything has changed within the last few weeks, the Scarborough service is to be bolted on to Northern's Blackpool service - which in time will run limited stop between York and Leeds to save 15-20 minutes and allow more slack in turnaround times at Scarborough. It will require 1 additional train, but the Blackpool service is normally run by 158's - the same types as used to be used on Transpennine services and so went to Scarborough anyway. Plus they are lighter than the current TPE trains so may get to the coast 4 or 5 minutes quicker as they won't have to go as slowly around Crambe hill.

The more pressing issue is what will happen next year when Transpennine's 10 class 170's leave and go down south? this last weekend has seen no less than three loco-hauled trains running around the region as extra services, so this might be the only option if no other suitable trains suddenly become available. Certainly the last thing we want is existing TP services reduced from 6 car trains to 3 car trains....
Unless anything has changed within the last few weeks, the Scarborough service is to be bolted on to Northern's Blackpool service - which in time will run limited stop between York and Leeds to save 15-20 minutes and allow more slack in turnaround times at Scarborough. It will require 1 additional train, but the Blackpool service is normally run by 158's - the same types as used to be used on Transpennine services and so went to Scarborough anyway. Plus they are lighter than the current TPE trains so may get to the coast 4 or 5 minutes quicker as they won't have to go as slowly around Crambe hill. The more pressing issue is what will happen next year when Transpennine's 10 class 170's leave and go down south? this last weekend has seen no less than three loco-hauled trains running around the region as extra services, so this might be the only option if no other suitable trains suddenly become available. Certainly the last thing we want is existing TP services reduced from 6 car trains to 3 car trains.... Magicman!
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