Southern rail crisis: Grayling backs regulator after 'shambles' claim

Southern rail crisis: Grayling backs regulator after 'shambles' claim

Transport secretary denies chief inspector is ‘government place-man’ as union derides report saying driver-only operation is safe

Chris Grayling has denied the chief inspector of railways is a “government place-man”, after a union labelled the Office of Rail and Road a “servile shambles” over a report saying it was safe for Southern train drivers to operate the doors.

The transport secretary used an interview on BBC Radio 4 on Friday morning to reiterate his call for the Aslef and RMT unions to back down on their threat of strikes over driver-only operation, which was imposed in the autumn despite fierce opposition from workers.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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