Catering Facilities On Intercity West Coast Rail Services
That this House welcomes the work of catering staff on Intercity West Coast services; is appalled at reports that some of the four bidders for the new West Coast Mainline franchise, namely Abellio, First Group, SNCF/Keolis and Virgin may be proposing to remove catering facilities from future services, including the removal of the onboard shop; believes passengers should enjoy the right to have access to food and drink, including hot food on these intercity services, this especially being the case when rail fares are the most expensive in Europe; is alarmed that as well as leaving passengers with a vastly inferior service, axing catering staff could also result in the loss of over 800 rail jobs; and calls on all the bidders for the franchise and the Government to provide urgent reassurances that they will be looking to maintain and enhance catering facilities.
This motion has been signed by a total of 28 MPs.
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