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July 29, 2020

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Trains still discharging waste onto tracks

Approximately 350 rail vehicles continue to discharge waste on the tracks, according to a report in Rail Magazine.

In a Commons Written Reply to Clive Lewis (Labour, Norwich South), Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris said eight train operators still had such trains, as did heritage and charter operations, although he pointed out that the Department for Transport is not responsible for the latter.

The RMT union subsequently released a statement ‘revealing’ which operators were still doing this, although Heaton-Harris had already listed them in his reply.

Former Network Rail Chief Executive Mark Carne had said that the practice would finish by the end of 2019. But that has not happened due to the delays in deliveries of new trains, meaning that older trains are still in use.

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