Jan 11, 2017

Merseyrail driver-only trains: RMT sets guards decision deadline

Merseyrail said the new trains would be safer and there would be staff onboard. RMT have set a 26 January deadline for assurances about the role of the guards. Mr Cash said Merseyrail had failed to provide the union with assurances that "New trains will have a second safety-critical crewmember on board" and "The guard will be retained on all services", despite being asked "On numerous occasions". "If Scotrail, which is run by Abellio, the same franchisee that operates Merseyrail, can introduce new trains with guards, then so can Merseyrail." "A Merseyrail statement said:"The Liverpool city region needs and deserves new trains, which will be modern, safe, faster and comfortable, with more capacity to support the economic growth of a modern city region.

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