Deutsche Bahn, through its Arriva subsidiary, has set up a company called Alliance Rail Holdings. This in turn has applied to be an “open access” operator under the name of “Great North Eastern Railway Open Access.”
An “open access” rail operator is not part of a franchise agreement and simply needs the permission of the rail regulator to run services. Deutsche Bahn already owns another open access operator on the East Coast route, Grand Central Open Access.
Rally speakers signed up so far include: Peter Pinkney – RMT National President; Sean McGowan – RMT Relief Regional Organiser North; Tosh McDonald – ASLEF Vice President; Ron Douglas – President, National Pensioners Convention; Rob Williams – Chair, National Shop Stewards Network; Alistair Tice – Trade Union And Socialist Coalition and Rosie Kirk – RMT Young Members President.
RMT acting general secretary Mick Cash said: “It is a sickening indication of the nonsense of rail privatisation that while the German state rail company is being given the opportunity to cherry pick a lucrative, money-spinning opportunity on the East Coast tracks; our own publicly-owned rail operator on the same line is threatened with being kicked off by this pro-privatisation Government, despite transforming the service and delivering hundreds of millions of pounds back to the British taxpayer.
“It is clear that the coalition government are happy for rail services in Britain to be used to subsidise state-run services in Germany and other parts of Europe. A fare rise for UK passengers in and out of London keeps fares down for passengers in Berlin, that is the hard truth. The British Government are selling off contracts that allow any other nation state to run our railways as long as it isn’t the British state. It is a ludicrous and scandalous situation.
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