ASLEF slams government for levelling down

ASLEF, the train drivers' union, has condemned the government for 'levelling down' after it slashed funding to the body that oversees transport in the north.

Mick Whelan, general secretary, said: 'Boris Johnson pledged, at the general election, to level up the economies of the north and south. Now it is clear that he has started to level down.

'Transport for the North will lose 40% of its core funding and one-fifth of its annual support in the next financial year. The biggest let-down, for passengers, is the way he has welched on his promise of £105 million for London-style smart ticketing.

'He has taken a wrecking ball to infrastructure projects across the board – and across the north.

'The Prime Minister thinks that people in the north don't matter, and is telling them they will have to put up with a second-class railway, because that is all they deserve.

'He is wrong. And that is why I am calling on Mr Johnson and his government to deliver on their promises and invest. Not just for people, for passengers, and for the railway. But for Britain.'



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