Campaigners rally to protest against ScotRail access

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The RMT union will protest in Glasgow next week alongside disability campaigners as it urges accessibility improvements for railway services.

The railway union and Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) will lead a demonstration at Glasgow Central station on Monday.

The protest has been called in response to a dispute over driver-only trains. There is concern over the lack of train staff to help disabled people with mobility equipment on and off trains and deploy access ramps.

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Speaking to the Morning Star, RMT general secretary, Mick Cash, said: “The message we will be sending out is that disabled people should be able to travel without discrimination and for that to happen both trains and stations need to be properly staffed.”

It was revealed in 2016 that 214 of ScotRail’s 346 stations are unstaffed, and more than 30,000 trains are driver-only operated.

Similar protests were held in London last month where campaigners were also concerned over a lack of staff to help with mobility equipment and access.

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