There has also been little comment from the 10 percent partner Virgin. Simply our railway faces another round of shambolic operation and possibly yet another operator. The rail union RMT has issued what can only be termed a somewhat terse comment on the many issues, and raises important questions that Peterborough City Council might also like to take up with Westminster.
Many rail workers actually live in our part of the country as a legacy from the days when the City of Peterborough was a proud and major player in the manufacture of steam engines.
This is what the RMT are saying:
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “On Monday Chris Grayling told the commons that Virgin/Stagecoach would be allowed to lurch on for a few more months on the East Coast, he also said that staff would notice no difference and that all options for the future, including the public sector option, were under consideration.
“Since then he has not come forward with a shred of detail as to what happens next and what his operational plans actually are. That leaves thousands of rail workers caught in the crossfire of the privatised chaos on this crucial Inter-City route in the dark as to what the future holds and RMT will not allow those responsible to drop this bombshell and then run for cover.
“No one from the DfT has had the common decency to pick up the phone to the union and we will not allow our members to be treated as collateral damage in this third, privatised failure on the East Coast routes.
“There are RMT members on the job today who have gone from British Rail, to GNER, to National Express, to Directly Operated Railways, to Virgin/Stagecoach and who are now left wondering who their sixth employer will be in little more than two decades on this vital section of Britain’s rail network. That is a shameful way to treat the workforce and shines the spotlight on the continuing chaos of rail privatisation.
“The solution is simple. End the fixation with the spivs and speculators from the private sector and bring the whole lot back in house, on a permanent basis, with immediate effect.”
Meanwhile back in Peterborough, there are reportedly more problems with the Fletton Quays development fiasco, it is being suggested by more than one source, that 'corners were cut' in the number of deep piles actually sunk to support the main structure from those appearing on the original plans submitted to, and considered by the PCC planning committee.
The allegations broadly are that 'variations to contract' have been discreetly signed off and pushed through. So in years to come when the developers have exited and long gone, we might well see the Fletton Quays office block majestically slipping into the river...the only plus point is that the PCC are intending to move in, so could well witness any subsidence, slip or heave at first hand.
Not so lucky will be occupiers of the proposed new retail units underneath, few will be facing south ( overlooking the railway is south facing) so apart from no continuing sunlight, retailers could well be offering as an extra shopping experience unintended watery riverside access to customers on an epic scale.
It is also suggested that the overall percentage of affordable units (social housing) has been cut and that a financial payment will be made to the council to effectively 'rubber stamp' and facilitate the reduction in affordable units. Clearly all this needs looking into and a remedy sought before it is too late.
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