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No more sewage on rail tracks in Scotland from 2017

The commitment to end the practice of sewage being dumped straight onto the tracks in Scotland has been brought forward to 2017.

The RMT union said their representatives met with ScotRail management, Scottish transport minister Derek MacKay and Transport Scotland officials to negotiate an agreement on the issue.

The deal will see about 40% of the ScotRail fleet fitted with CETs (controlled emission tanks) by April 2016 with the remainder due to be fully fitted by December 2017.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "The fact the programme for the elimination of the filthy, disgusting and dangerous practice of dumping sewage on our railways is further advanced in Scotland is 100% down to the hard work and campaigning over several years by representatives, members and officials of RMT.

"Network Rail in Scotland are also in the process of arranging briefings to frontline maintenance staff and offering vaccinations to reduce the risk to staff from untreated human excrement which is another important development resulting from the RMT campaign. 

"If real targets can be laid down for ending the scandal of sewage on our railways in Scotland then they can be achieved across the whole network. It's time for the train companies and the politicians to stop the excuses and get on with it."

A spokeswoman for ScotRail said: "We are pleased that, working with the unions, we have been able to bring forward our plans."

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Martin Young   06/07/2015 at 17:12

When is the 21st Century going to catch up with the Heritage railway operators? The RMT is quite right. It has always been a matter of disgust, but times have changed, and rightly so. I well remember the stench at Chester station some fifteen years ago, and very recently the appalling stench of raw sewage at Delhi Junction Station. So, when is the railway preservation movement going to wake up to the fact that carriages whether they be support or passenger of the Mk1 to Mk2 stock as used for mainline steam and diesel excursions, including vintage stock such as the VSOE and other passenger stock on preservation lines, might well have to be modified out of historical context by being fitted with Controlled Emission Toilets? I am sure that all track volunteers that work on preserved railways are not members of the RMT, but the operators have responsibility for their health, safety and welfare, as much as those employed to work on the national rail network. Food for digestion?

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