Imran Hussain MP

Labour MP for Bradford East


That this House notes that the Department of Transport have agreed with numerous passenger surveys that passengers highly value a member of staff in addition to the driver on trains; welcomes that under railway regulations maintaining the operational role of a guard/conductor guarantees that a second member of staff is on board the train at all times to assist in protecting the safety of the train and passengers and provide ticket and travel advice; further welcomes that this protection for passengers currently applies for Northern Rail and TransPennine Express passenger services; is concerned, however, that despite big increases in passenger numbers and the objections of a number of local authorities in the North, the proposed new franchise agreement will not maintain the role of the guard/conductor on Northern Rail services and therefore weakens the protection for passengers; further notes that 30 northern local authorities through the Rail North umbrella organisation will have a key role in overseeing and improving the franchise; and calls on Rail North to protect rail jobs and passenger safety and service by developing the franchise agreement to retain the current role of the guard/conductor, keep ticket offices open and ensure proper staffing at as many stations as possible.

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