Plan to cut rail jobs challenged by MP

January 20, 2009 1:51 PM

A train operator's plan to cut 300 rail jobs is being challenged by Cambridge MP David Howarth.

Mr Howarth fears the move by National Express East Anglia - which runs services between Cambridge and Liverpool Street - could put passengers at risk and reduce information at stations.

He has signed a Commons' motion which says that the cut in jobs could "contribute to safety problems this winter with a lack of early morning de-icing duties and very restricted assistance for disabled passengers boarding trains".

"Commuters are already paying high prices to travel into London," he said, "and this can only lead to a worse service.

"Cutting jobs in this way will lead to hardship for the railway workers who are affected and could compromise safety and reduce assistance for those traveling on the trains.

"I would urge National Express to reconsider this decision as a matter of urgency."

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