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Com­pa­nies keen to pre­serve jobs

- Business · Railways · Transportation · Industries · Go-Ahead Group · First Hull Trains · Chris Heaton-Harris

The pan­demic is not ex­pected to lead to job losses on the rail­way.

Go-Ahead Group Chief Strat­egy and Cus­tomer Of­fi­cer Katy Tay­lor told Trans­port Select Com­mit­tee MPs: “We ob­vi­ously al­ways look for ef­fi­cien­cies that we can man­age, but cus­tomers will have dif­fer­ent needs go­ing for­ward. We need to work out what those dif­fer­ent needs are.

“We need to do it as pas­sen­gers start re­turn­ing. Then we need to make sure that the rail­way is fit for the fu­ture and that our col­leagues’ roles are rel­e­vant to what cus­tomers need.”

Abel­lio Group Manag­ing Direc­tor Do­minic Booth said there were no plans at present, while First Rail MD Steve Mont­gomery re­vealed Hull Trains has made 27 peo­ple re­dun­dant as the open ac­cess op­er­a­tor is not cov­ered by Govern­ment sup­port.

Rail Min­is­ter Chris Heaton-Har­ris told MPs: “We need a cer­tain level of staffing to run the rail­ways. We be­lieve that we are at a pretty ef­fi­cient level of staffing.”

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