Save the steel industry – build more trains

Hull TrainsThe TSSA has called on the government to save the British steel industry by bringing trains and rail tracks up to standard.

The union says age of trains on Britain’s rail network has reached the oldest level in 14 years, with passengers travelling on trains that are an average of 20.2 years old, according to data from the Office of Rail and Road.

TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said: “Passengers deserve so much better from the rail companies than to be shunted around in old, outdated and uncomfortable carriages. This government should get a grip and start investing now in a railway and rolling stock fit for this century not the last one.

“I called last week for our Scunthorpe steel to be saved by using British steel in our rail track. Immediate public investment in carriage-making in Britain would save our steel plate industry too.

“Integrated, joined up investment in public infrastructure projects will ensure not only passenger safety, improved comfort and better service on the railways but a future for a British wide steel industry, and high quality, well paid jobs in railway engineering and manufacturing.

“If the government has any intention at all of making good on its promise to oversee the ‘march of the makers’, then let that march start on our own doorstep.”