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UK News ScotRail admits it will still be dumping sewage on to railway tracks despite government calls for a ban

21:40  21 november  2019
21:40  21 november  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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ScotRail has admitted it will not meet a UK-wide target to end the dumping of human waste on railway tracks.

The train operator signed up to the pledge to stop flushing raw sewage directly on to the nation's railways in 2017.

Network Rail’s then chief executive, Mark Carne, labelled it a "disgusting practice" and Department for Transport said it would compel all train companies to have modern toilets by 2020.

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However the ScotRail says severe delays to a fleet of refurbished trains means it will still be using rolling stock without toilet waste tanks into next year.

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Train building delays

ScotRail has struggled to upgrade its fleet of trains (Photo: Getty)

It was meant to have 26 high-speed refurbished trains on its routes between Scotland's seven cities by December last year.

But only eight of the trains, which were originally built in the 1970s, have been upgraded in time.

The company had originally ended dumping sewage in 2017, but reintroduced it after the shortage of new trains.

Mick Hogg, the RMT union's regional organiser in Scotland, told the BBC: "We are livid that this promise has been broken.

"Why should our members be subjected to these disgusting conditions, being sprayed by this foul waste, as they go about their work at the trackside.

"This deal has been a disgrace for taxpayer and the travelling public, who is asking the serious questions of why these refurbished trains are going to be years late."

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Extra time given

A ScotRail spokesman said there was no specific legislative requirement to have retentions tanks fitted to the trains but they are being fitted as the rolling stock goes through its refurbishment programme.

He added: "We're working with suppliers to ensure the refurbishment of our fleet of high-speed InterCity trains is completed as soon as possible."

A spokesperson for Network Rail said some companies had been given extra time to make the changes.

"There are a few train companies that have been given a bit more time for a small number of their trains and we are tracking their action plans closely to make sure they comply."

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