To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with unions representing rail staff on safeguarding (a) staff and (b) passengers at stations between Blackpool North and South and Preston.
4 February 2019
The question is a matter between Northern, its employees and their union representative in which the Government cannot intervene directly. However, the Government has written to the Rail North Partnership (through which the Department and Transport for the North co-manage the Northern franchise) expressing our clear support for a second member of staff on Northern trains who is focused on delivering excellent customer service. Northern have now confirmed to the RMT that there will continue to be a second appropriately trained member of staff on board the trains, and have guaranteed jobs and pay will be protected. The Government continues to call on both parties to engage in talks and resolve the dispute.