The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has warned that the government's proposed reforms to the rail industry could lead to the loss of over 20,000 jobs.
Operating companies and Network Rail are being asked to make savings to bring them in line with the Rail Value for Money review led by Sir Roy McNulty.
Staffing cuts account for the majority of measures, with over a quarter of the savings - equating to around £260 million a year - covered by this action.
Indeed, this comes as the country is still being hit by all-time high levels of unemployment and director of the Institute for Employment Studies Nigel Meager has warned there is significant room for improvement.
"The government vision of a rail industry with deserted stations, closed ticket offices and trains with no staff is one that appeals to train operators seeking to cut costs and maximise profits," TUC deputy general secretary Frances O'Grady commented.