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Network Rail renewals cutbacks threaten jobs and safety, RMT warns

The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said it has been presented with a consultation document.

A rail union is warning of cuts to renewals work for Network Rail which it says threatens jobs and safety.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said it has been presented with a consultation document from contractor Carillion indicating possible job cuts and redundancies.

General secretary Mick Cash said: “The Government and Network Rail have a duty to ensure that our railway is maintained and renewed to the modern and safe standard that the public and our economy needs and deserve.

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“The announcement of cutbacks affecting Carillion and other infrastructure companies are a sure sign of cash and job cuts that will put at risk skilled jobs and also the modern, safe rail infrastructure we desperately need.

“RMT will not stand by and watch these jobs vanish and will campaign all the way politically and industrially to protect them.”

An NR spokesman said: “Network Rail continues to heavily invest in Britain’s railways, with spend on renewals growing this year, compared to last. Budgets are constantly under review to ensure we maximise the value from every pound spent.

“As a result, some non-essential renewals work is being postponed and the money diverted into areas that will have more direct impact for passengers – at improving train performance or helping to fund projects that expand and improve the railway.”

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