Grant Shapps: York, Leeds and Manchester upgrade

ASLEF general secretary Mick Whelan responds to government announcements of rail upgrades.

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ trade union, has responded to the government’s announcements – some of them actually reannouncements of decisions already taken and announced months ago – of rail upgrades today.

Mick said: ‘Whilst we welcome all rail investment, how much of this is overdue, or long-promised investment, and where is the real long-term plan needed to put rail at the centre of decarbonisation? What about the rest of the region to form a true transport levelling-up agenda to drive economic recovery?’


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