RMT warns ScotRail over use of ‘clas­sic’ HSTs and con­trolled emis­sion toi­lets

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The RMT union is de­mand­ing that no ‘clas­sic’ High Speed Trains are in­tro­duced by ScotRail, be­cause they are not fit­ted with con­trolled emis­sion toi­lets (CETs).

The union claims that SR’s planned in­tro­duc­tion of un­re­fur­bished sets as an in­terim mea­sure breaks an agree­ment (meant to come into force last De­cem­ber) not to dis­pose of hu­man waste on the track.

SR plans to in­tro­duce up to ten ‘clas­sic’ HSTs as an in­terim mea­sure be­cause its re­fur­bished sets, which fea­ture CET-fit­ted Mk 3s as well as slid­ing doors ( RAIL 864), are not yet ready at Wabtec Rail, Don­caster.

The RMT has writ­ten to both ScotRail Al­liance Manag­ing Di­rec­tor Alex Hynes and Scot­tish Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary for Trans­port, In­fra­struc­ture and Con­nec­tiv­ity Michael Mathe­son.

Dis­cus­sions were due to take place af­ter this is­sue of RAIL went to press, and the union said it could de­cide to take ac­tion to stop the HSTs be­ing used if the op­er­a­tor and Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment refuse to act.

RMT Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Mick Cash said: “Our mem­bers are rightly ap­palled that ScotRail has sought to rip up a clear agree­ment to end the filthy and dis­gust­ing prac­tice of dump­ing hu­man ex­cre­ment on Scot­land’s rail­ways.”

A ScotRail spokesman said: “We are work­ing flat out to get more up­graded trains into ser­vice as quickly as pos­si­ble, but our sup­plier - Wabtec - is be­hind sched­ule. 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.”

As this is­sue of RAIL went to press there was one re­fur­bished HST in Scot­land, with a sec­ond due by the start of the De­cem­ber timetable.

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