PLANS to axe 1,000 safety-critical jobs on rail renewal work were described as “terrifying” by rail union RMT yesterday.
Network Rail’s cost-cutting plans will mean that crucial track replacement work will be cancelled, the union said. RMT general secretary Mick Cash has written to Network Rail to demand the cuts be halted.
He said: “These planned cuts are a scandal and would impact on services and safety at a time when our railways are already running right at the limit of safety tolerances.
“Track that is past its safe operational sell-by date would not be replaced within safe time limits running the risk of repeated failures and possible derailments.”
Network Rail said it had no plans to cut safety-critical jobs or work and accused RMT of “scaremongering.”
A spokesperson said savings were in “non-essential areas” to ensure “value to the taxpayer, while at the same time continuing to deliver a safe, reliable and expanding railway.”