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East Coast trains third-class claim ‘scaremongering’
7:59am Friday 25th October 2013 in News
A GOVERNMENT department has accused the RMT union of “scaremongering” after it suggested passengers on East Coast trains from York to London and Edinburgh will be offered a lowly third-class seating option in the future.
The RMT used its website to reveal excerpts of the leaked East Coast franchise prospectus.
It claimed the document gave bidders the option of establishing an intermediate class between standard and first.
Union leader Bob Crowe claimed this could lead to “a Ryanair model with passengers rammed in to creaking cattle trucks with a surcharge for everything from your bags to using the lavatories”.
But a Department for Transport spokesman described the notion as “ridiculous” , and said: “This is ill-informed scaremongering from the RMT. By choosing to release inaccurate information, they are misleading the public. We have no intention of requiring a ‘third-class’ service, reducing performance levels, or in any way devaluing this vital railway.”
A spokesman for York-based East Coast said it would maintain its first and standard seats, and was “committed to investing in its services to continue to improve its customer experience”.
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