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Mersey rail work stays in-house


BRITAIN'S biggest rail union has welcomed a decision by Network Rail to keep infrastructure work out of the hands of Mersey travel.

Local transport authority Merseytravel had been lobbying Network Rail to hand over responsibility for track and signalling on the Merseyrail network due to poor performance. Network Rail decided this week to keep the operations in-house.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: 'Outsourcing would have represented a complete reversal of Network Rail's position of keeping work in-house.

'RMT has campaigned for 12 months on this issue and the decision represents a good move for the industry, our members and the public.' Merseytravel said Network Rail must justify the decision by improving performance.

Chief executive Neil Scales said: 'The plans we developed with Merseyrail show we could improve performance and save over £30 million.

'It's now down to Network Rail to show they can match our proposed improvements.'