The UK’s National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) has said lives could be put at risk if rail operator Network Rail goes ahead with its plan to cut 1,500 jobs.

Protesting against the planned cuts, hundreds of RMT members have lobbied parliament with a dossier including warnings of reduced track safety inspections, delays in the repair of faulty level crossings and reduced safety checks on railway signals, which could trigger accidents.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said the jobs to be axed are those of workers responsible for inspecting and repairing tracks, signals, level crossings and overhead lines.

“The job cuts are a lethal gamble, creating the perfect conditions for another Hatfield, Potters Bar or Grayrigg railway tragedy,” Crow said.