‘Damning’ Gibb inquiry into rail fiasco remains unpublished
MINISTERS are covering up a “damning report” into the Southern Rail fiasco, passengers and staff charged yesterday.
Rail union RMT general secretary Mick Cash said the delay in publishing the Gibb report was “scandalous” and vowed to step up campaigning to “end the privatised rip-off that blights Britains railways.”
The report was commissioned in September 2016 and written by former Network Rail non-executive director Chris Gibb. It is believed to have been in government hands until late last year.
Campaigners accuse Department for Transport (DfT) bosses of withholding the report due to criticism of its role in the Southern Rail dispute.
An Association of British Commuters spokesman said: “We are convinced that the Gibb report is extremely critical of the DfT’s role in a rail crisis that has always been about far more than just the strikes.”
He said there could be “no other explanation for withholding such a vital report for almost six months.”
And RMT accused the Tories of thinking that they could sneak the Gibb report out after winning a landslide in the general election.
But it said the Southern Rail fiasco was a contributing factor in the loss of Tory seats in Eastbourne, Brighton and Croydon, with Home Secretary Amber Rudd almost losing in Hastings.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “It is scandalous that the Gibb report remains under lock and key in a vault at the Department for Transport.
“RMT is demanding its immediate publication as the stench of the Southern Rail fiasco hangs like a cloud over this rotten government and reminds passengers that the alternative option of public ownership is now right up the agenda.”
A DfT spokesman said: “The Transport Secretary appointed Chris Gibb to lead a project board to improve Southern services. We have received his report and are committed to publishing it in due course.”