Northern Rail and Transpennine Express Trains put profits before passengers!
Scarborough and Whitby Constituency Labour Party members are incensed over the lies and hype around George Osborne’s “Northern Powerhouse” claims.
Following the cancellation of rail electrification plans in the North, there is even more bad news for passengers and Transpennine Employees travelling from Scarborough over the Pennines. A threat to both jobs and to passenger safety comes in the form of proposals for the new Northern and Transpennine Express Rail Franchises due to start on 1st April. The franchises will be jointly managed by a new body “Rail North” – chaired by Sir Richard Leese – and comprising representatives of 29 Northern Councils / combined authorities and the Department for Transport.
Train Guards will be axed from rail services to and from Scarborough by Transpennine Express resulting in “Driver Only Trains”.
At present railway regulations guarantee that passengers in the North always have a Guard / Conductor on their train. In addition to the driver, passengers to and from our seaside resort know there will always be a highly trained guard to protect the safe operation of the train and deal with emergencies, such as fire, derailments and driver incapacity. The Guard also provides general assurance to passengers, ticket and travel advice and revenue protection. ASTONISHINGLY, THE PROPOSED RAIL FRANCHISE AGREEMENTS MEAN PASSENGERS WILL NO LONGER HAVE THIS PROTECTION.
There is also no guarantee that current ticket offices and station staffing will be retained on the new franchise. More …
Cllr Tony Randerson will be moving the following motion to Scarborough Borough Councils Meeting 2 November 2015.
As a major employer in the local area, this council welcomes the positive benefits that arise from the relationship that we have with recognised trade unions and believes that the relationship between employers and their employees through their collective representatives would be damaged by reducing facility time for elected representatives and by removing the ability of union members to pay union dues direct from wages. More …
Cllr Steve Siddons, Ramshill Ward, Labour leader, SBC
One might assume that Councillors of whatever party, when making decisions, read the papers presented, listen to the facts, ask questions and then vote according to the information they have gleaned from the professionals. But, could there be another agenda?
It’s now almost three months since I stood on the stage at the Scarborough Spa trying not to give away my emotions at having been elected to Scarborough Borough Council. And what a time I have had. Obviously, the first thing to sort out was the perks about which the Councils’ critics love to tell us: would I get a new iPad? (no, it’s a second-hand one snatched from the hands of a defeated councillor). Will I get a car park pass? (yes, but only for use on Council business, and there are no car parks in Mayfield anyway). How much do I get paid? (well below minimum wage is the outcome so far).
My next concern: What does a Councillor actually do? More …
Councillors Rob Barnett and Gerald Dennett are holding the first Labour Party council surgery in Whitby for over a decade. Residents of Whitby are welcome to come to the Tourist Information Centre on Saturday 27 June, between 10:00 am and noon to discuss their issues with the Council and its services.
We will be pleased to hear from anyone who lives in Whitby and District, not just the residents of the wards we represent (Mayfield and Streonshalh).
The Labour Party in Scarborough and Whitby bucked the national trend at the election on 7 May. Whitby Branch wants to build on this success. Click below to fill in this short questionnaire and let us know what you feel matters most in Whitby and its villages. (Your responses will not be passed on to anyone else.) www.surveymonkey.com/r/L2R86DD
On 7 May we reduced Robert Goodwill’s (Conservative) majority by 2,000 and got two Whitby councillors elected to Scarborough Borough Council to represent Mayfield (Gerald Dennett) and Streonshalh (Rob Barnett) and a further 12 in the Scarborough area . We have also gained many new members and supporters.