Rail union RMT, has uncovered new evidence where Transport Scotland has directly requested for track operator Network Rail to cut the funding for vital railway operations, maintenance and renewals across Scotland.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 29th April 2022, 11:51 am
Updated Friday, 29th April 2022, 1:43 pm

An FOI request passed to RMT shows Transport Scotland requested that Network Rail reduce its baseline budget by £65 million in both 2022/23 and 2023/24.

This new evidence is in direct contradiction to official responses from the Scottish Government when asked previously about cuts to renewals and maintenance funding.

Responding to the new evidence, RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “This new evidence is absolutely shocking and shows the Scottish Government playing fast and loose with passenger and railway worker safety.

"It was only a few weeks ago that the full report into the tragic and avoidable rail disaster at Carmont was published which highlighted the systemic and structural failures in safety caused by fragmentation of maintenance and renewals.

"These cuts have the potential to make things worse and I am today renewing our calls on the Scottish and UK Government’s to put an immediate halt to these planned cuts.

"We also oppose wider plans by Network Rail to cut thousands of safety critical maintenance jobs and instead call on both governments to guarantee that the necessary investment in the rail infrastructure and modern communication systems to keep the railways safe will take place.”