Closure of Redbank railway workshops "a national disgrace"

THE closure of the Aurizon Redbank railway workshops by 2017 has been slammed by local councillor Paul Tully as a "kick in the guts for the people of Ipswich".

Cr Tully said Aurizon had treated the city and its own workers with contempt.

"This company is one of the worst examples of secrecy, bad management and abysmal corporate citizenship," he said.

He said the Redbank workshops had a proud 56-year history dating back to 1958 which Aurizon was about to ditch for short-term gain.

"The company is going to put 450 workers on the scrap heap," he said.

"This is a national disgrace."