Northern Line commuters feel impact of cuts as train breakdown causes massive disruption

A broken down train on London's Northern Line this morning, leading to massive disruption the length of the line, has capped off a week of chaos for London commuters as the reality of trying to cram surging numbers of passengers into chronically overcrowded rail and tube services comes home to ‎roost. 

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;

"The impact of cuts to maintenance and staffing on rail and tube is the root cause of the chaos for passengers that has been reported every ‎single day this week. Services are constantly running on a knife edge due to years of penny pinching and profiteering  and that situation is set to get even worse against a background of surging passenger numbers. The consequences are only too obvious. 

"This dire situation cannot be allowed to drag on. The cash sucked out by the rip-off private train companies is urgently needed for investment in capacity, maintenance and staffing. That can only happen through public ownership of the whole transport operation across the board. "

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