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Questions need to be asked over Stagecoach after “bombshell announcement” over services in King’s Lynn, says union leader

PUBLISHED: 15:12 31 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:12 31 January 2018

The Stagecoach depot on the King's Lynn Hardwick Narrows Industrial Estate. Picture: Ian Burt

The Stagecoach depot on the King's Lynn Hardwick Narrows Industrial Estate. Picture: Ian Burt

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A union leader is calling for answers over why Stagecoach needs to cut jobs and services.

The Stagecoach depot on the King's Lynn Hardwick Narrows Industrial Estate. Picture: Ian BurtThe Stagecoach depot on the King's Lynn Hardwick Narrows Industrial Estate. Picture: Ian Burt

More than 100 jobs and bus routes such as the Coasthopper are under threat. Stagecoach says it is considering axing them and closing its King’s Lynn depot.

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Mick Cash, general secretary of the RMT (Rail Maritime and Transport) union said: “RMT officials are in urgent discussions with Stagecoach after this bombshell announcement which leaves jobs and services in Norfolk hanging by a thread.

“Stagecoach has only operated Norfolk bus services since December 2013 and serious questions need to be asked as to exactly what has gone wrong and why.

The Stagecoach depot on the King's Lynn Hardwick Narrows Industrial Estate. Picture: Ian BurtThe Stagecoach depot on the King's Lynn Hardwick Narrows Industrial Estate. Picture: Ian Burt

“RMT’s absolute priority is to protect our members and the lifeline services they provide to the local community and the low income, eldery and vulnerable groups without access to a car who would be condemned to lives of transport poverty if routes are axed.

“In the wake of the Carillion collapse here we have yet another example of what happens when privatisation and profit is allowed to take priority over public service. Bus services are already being slashed and axed across the country as private operators cherry-pick the profitable routes. This scandal must end and RMT will continue to fight for accessible bus services for all.”

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