ScotRail set to break agreement not to dump human waste on railways
In the latest scandal to rock the crisis ridden company, it has emerged that ScotRail is set to restore 40-year old 'vintage' trains back onto the rail network in Scotland, despite the trains having no facility to stop human excrement falling on tracks.
The rail-union RMT reacted with fury, pointing out the practice breaks a agreement to halt the dumping of human waste on railways by December 2017 at the latest.
In a letter to the SNP Transport Secretary, Michael Mathewson, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash warned the practice also posed a serious health threat to rail workers.
“Our members are rightly appalled that Scotrail have sought to rip-up a clear agreement to end the filthy and disgusting practice of dumping human excrement on Scotland’s railways. This disgraceful and retrograde step must be halted now and the union will take whatever action is required to hold Scotrail to their agreement with the union." he said.,
“One minute Scotrail are bragging about their aim to operate the most modern railway in the world and the next they are back to spraying track workers with human waste. We want this scandal to be brought to a halt once and for all and our members will not be the ones left to pay the price for managerial incompetence and operational delays on the fleet management that are wholly down to the company.”
Colin Smyth, Labour's transport spokesperson added: “Rather than kowtowing to private rail tycoons, SNP Transport Secretary Michael Matheson should start standing up for passengers and railway workers."
“It is now essential Mr Matheson heeds RMT and Labour’s all and urgently intervenes to demand all trains are fitted with controlled emission tanks.”
A ScotRail spokesperson said: “The first of our upgraded Inter7City high-speed trains has entered service, and has received very positive feedback from our customers.
“We are working flat out to get more upgraded trains into service as quickly as possible, but our supplier, Wabtec, is behind schedule and has let us down.
“To ensure we can deliver services for our customers we will introduce classic high-speed trains until enough upgraded Inter7City trains are available. These classic trains will not have retention tanks, which is far from ideal. We are doing everything we can to mitigate this as soon as possible.”
A Transport Scotland spokeswoman added: “We understand this interim measure is regrettable, but necessary to support more services and jobs across the country while retaining passenger services between our key seven cities.”