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Supplementary memorandum from the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) (RFF 02A)

  At 4 February 2009 oral evidence session RMT was requested to provide additional information in support of our written and oral evidence.

DISAGGREGATED PROFITS

  Below are details of disaggregated profits for the "Big 5" transport operators. Dividends are not disaggregated in the annual and interim reports.

ARRIVA PLC INTERIM REPORT FOR THE SIX MONTHS TO 30 JUNE 2008

  UK Bus operating profit—£45.5 million (£37.8 million for same period in 2007)

  UK Rail operating profit—£14.8 million (£1.1 million for same period in 2007)

GO—AHEAD GROUP ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE YEAR ENDED 28 JUNE 2008

  UK Bus operating profits—£66.2 million (55.8 million in 2007)

  UK Rail operating profits—£77.2 million (66.1 million in 2007)

NATIONAL EXPRESS PLC HALF YEARLY FINANCIAL REPORT 2008

  UK Bus operating profit—£20.6 million (£19.8 million for the same period in 2007)

  UK Rail operating profit—£39.6 million (£28.7 million for same period in 2007)

FIRST GROUP PLC ANNUAL REPORT 2008

  UK Bus operating profit—£122 million (£103 million in 2007)

  UK Rail operating profit—£120 million (£107.8 million in 2007)

  Stagecoach plc Interim Report for the six months to 31 October 2008

  UK Bus operating profit—£60.9 million (£52.5 million for same period in 2007)

  UK Rail operating profit—£31.7 million (£25.3 million for same period in 2007). Plus £15.1 million in post-tax profit from share in Virgin Rail Group (£12.9 million for same period in 2007.

CUTBACKS AND JOB LOSSES

  The Committee also asked for information on cutbacks and threatened job losses. Please see below for details:

    — National Express Group has stated that a total of 750 jobs will go across the East Anglia and East Coast franchises. On the East Anglia franchise there will be 300 posts lost in total, with 242 job losses and the freezing of 61 vacancies. This will include the removal of restaurant services from the Norwich-London services.

    — Network Rail is deferring 28 percent of rail renewals (eg laying new track, installing new signals) meaning 800 jobs are at risk.

    — The UK's main rail freight operator DB Schenker (formally EWS) has announced over 500 jobs losses and is saying that further significant numbers are likely to be at risk due to Network Rail announcing a deferral in renewals work.

    — Despite the partial rejection by the Department for Transport of South West Trains plans to butcher ticket offices opening times, SWT announced that 480 jobs would be lost including large number of ticket office and platform staff. On the day of RMT's oral evidence to the Committee (4 February 2009) the Company announced a further 180 job losses.

    — 300 as yet unspecified jobs at Southeastern.

    — 40 unspecified jobs at First Scotrail.

    — Proposed cuts to ticket office opening times at First Capital Connect leaving over 20 posts at risk.

RAIL REPORTS

  To further assist the Committee with its inquiry two reports published by RMT are available:

    (1) The performance of the privatised train operators - Jean Shaoul 2005

    (2) Tax paid by the Railway Companies - Richard Murphy 2007

February 2009






 
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