Southport Reporter (R) Bourder
Southport & Mersey Reporter - Mobile

Click on here to go to latest edition's main page.

  Search Edition Archive  

Visit our online shop...

   

Click on to go to our hub website.

Latest Edition   Archive   Shop   Email   Mersey Reporter
Please support our advertiser below...

For more recommended businesses click on here...

Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-10-03

-en Southport & Mersey Reporter

Local News Report  - Mobile Page

 

Merseyrail profits would pay for keeping guards almost 3 times over
Photo by RMT Union.

MERSEYRAIL and Merseytravel claims that they cannot afford to keep guards have been exposed as entirely wrong and misleading by new research showing that dividends paid out by Merseryrail are up to ₤14million a year, almost 3 times the cost of keeping guards.  The research also shows that in 2014 the revenue income of Merseyrail was ₤51 million, and Merseyrail paid out a dividend not far short of ₤14 million meaning a quarter of passenger fares ending up in the pockets of Merseyrails owners, Serco and Dutch state owned Abellio. RMT believes that instead of getting rid of Guards Merseyrail should forsake some of its dividends to pay keep the guards and if it does not do so voluntarily then Merseytravel should renegotiate its contract with Merseyrail. If Merseyrail won't cooperate then, when their contract expires in 2028, any new contract should ensure that revenues are retained to keep the guards; this is easily achievable as the new trains are to be brought through a 30 year long financing deal.

Mick Cash RMT General Secretary said:- "These figures show that up to a quarter of fare revenue is being sucked out of Merseyrail to pay for dividends of around ₤14m a year. That is frankly obscene under any circumstances but the fact that around ₤14m a year is being allowed to leak out of Meresyrail while at the same time senior Liverpool politicians are pleading poverty as an excuse to get rid of guards will be utterly unacceptable for passengers and Council Tax Payers. And as Merseyrail is part owned by the Dutch state railway it is a case of Merseyside 0 Holland ₤14m. Merseyrail can easily afford to cough up and pay to keep our guards and if they don't then Liverpool's politicians should renegotiate Merseyrail's contract.  If Merseyrail don't agree to new terms now, then the 30 year financing of the new trains easily allows enough scope for a new Merseyrail contract to ensure that revenues are retained to keep our guards. At the very least as we approach the elections in May Liverpool politicians should be calling for a review of the financing options."

 

News Report Page Quick Flick.

Click on here to go to the mobile menu page for this edition. News Report Page Quick Flick
 

Read this page.

Southport Reporter (R) Bourder


  


 

 

 RSS Our Weekly Headlines

 


(+44)  08443 244 195
Calls to this number may be recorded for security, broadcast, training and record keeping.
 

4a Post Office Ave, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0US, UK

 

Click on to see our Twitter Feed.  Click on to see our Facebook Page.  Click on to follow our LinkedIn Profile. This website is licence to carry news from Vamphire.com and UK Press Photography. 

This is our media complains system...

We are regulated by IMPRESS, the independent monitor for the UK's press.

How to make a complaint
Complaints Policy
Complaints Procedure
Whistle Blowing Policy

 



Southport Reporter® is the
Registered Trade Mark of Patrick Trollope

...