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RMT predicts 1,500 Network Rail maintenance job cuts and "total chaos"

Network Rail could throw the UK’s busiest rail corridor into “total chaos” as it plans to axe nearly 1,500 maintenance jobs, according to rail union RMT.

The Union said it has received information confirming that the rail operator is planning to shed 1,448 maintenance workers with 650 of those working on the West Coast Main Line.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “With the well-documented history of infrastructure problems and failures on the West Coast Main Line it simply defies all logic that Network Rail could even be considering axing 650 maintenance jobs as part of their national cost reduction plan.

A Network Rail spokesperson said: “We are continuing with our discussions on our plans with our people and their union representatives, and no final decisions have been made.”

“The new high-frequency timetable requires a different approach to the way we carry out maintenance on the newly modernised west coast and these changes will build upon the recent high levels of performance and reliability.

“Our plans to restructure maintenance depots will enable us to direct resources to where they are needed and enable them to be more responsive.”