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Industrial Rail workers demand an end to ‘transport austerity’

WORKERS demanded the immediate reinstatement of Transport for London’s grant today following reports that TfL faces a £1 billion funding gap.

Transport union RMT said the funding crisis could have devastating consequences for safety and services and called for the immediate reinstatement of the full revenue grant that is being cut under austerity measures.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said he was writing to London Minister Jo Johnson — part of the Department for Transport — seeking urgent talks on the crisis.

Mr Cash warned that industrial action would be taken if necessary against any form of “transport austerity.”

He said the effect of the funding gap on jobs and the economy in London could “ripple out” across the rest of Britain.

Mr Cash said: “We don’t need politicians of any political colour using this issue as a political football, we need action now to reinstate London’s transport grant to at least its previous levels as an absolute minimum.”

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