TORY plans to fund better facilities for disabled people on the railways were branded a “fraud and a sham” yesterday by rail union RMT, which noted that they coincide with ministerial demands to axe safety-critical guards.
Under the plans there will be funding to install more facilities and a pilot study to explore options for improving the provision of toilets on trains.
However RMT argued that the extra funding means little considering that guards, who are critical to ensuring disabled access, are being kicked off trains.
Rail Minister Paul Maynard has expressed his full support for driver-only operations.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “If train operators provide a guard on all trains and staff at all stations, only then will we have the means to ensure disabled people are not denied their legal right to access rail services.
“Any approach that ignores this basic truth is a fraud and a sham.”