Railway protests on January 5, calling for Public Ownership
On Friday January the 2nd train fares are due to increase again. We already have some of the most expensive fares in Europe. We also have the most fragmented service, and it is the case that the government is now subsiding railways (and the franchises) MORE than when British Rail was de-nationalised. Between 1997 -2012 Virgin Trains’ West Coast Mainline paid £500 million in dividends after pocketing£2,5 billion in subsidies. By contrast, the publicly owned East Coast Mainline has returned nearly £1bn to the government since 2009.The arguments for public ownership are overwhelming.
The environmental case for switching to rail and other public transport is also overwhelming.
Hence, with the support of Action for Rail, the Peoples Assembly are teaming up Bring Back British Rail, Compass, the Campaign against Climate Change, We Own It, and a variety of local groups to organise leafleting of commuters at railways stations on Monday January 5th.
Please help at one of the following stations:
The response is fantastic, with actions taking place at 51 stations, including the following:
Barnsley 8:00 - 9:00 am; 4.30 - 5.30 pm
Bath Spa 7- 9 am
Birmingham Moor St 4.30-6 pm email@example.com
Birmingham New Street TBC firstname.lastname@example.org
Bridgwater 7-10 am
Brighton 6.30 - 9.30 am
Brighton (London Rd) 6.30 - 9.30 am
Brighton (Preston Park) 6:00- 9.30 am: 5 pm - 8 pm
Bristol Temple Meads 7- 9:00 am; 5 pm – 7 pm 07791867512
Burnage TBC email@example.com
Burton 3:30 pm- 4:45 pm
Cambridge 7.30-9 am; firstname.lastname@example.org 07712893552
Castle Cary for the three trains from 6:39 to 9:42
Chatham 7 – 9 am
Clapham Junction 4.00 to 5.30 pm email@example.com
Derby 7.30 -9.15 am; firstname.lastname@example.org 07876595993
Dorchester South 5.45 - 8.20 am; email@example.com
Exeter Central Station 7 – 9am & 5pm – 7pm su3052[at]eclipse.co.uk
Faversham 6.15 - 7.30 pm T.Valentine@gold.ac.uk
Flitwick 7- 9.00 am
Frome 7.50 am
Glasgow Central 17:00 pm - meet outside main entrance
Harpenden 7:00 -9.30 am contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Harrogate 7.30 am
Hitchin TBA contact email@example.com
Huddersfield 5-6.30 pm; firstname.lastname@example.org
Kings Cross 7.30 - 9.30 am
Kings Lynn 7.30 -8.30 am
Kingston 4.00 - 5.00 pm
Leeds (City Square entrance) 7.30 - 9:30 am John.Stewart@eastcoast.co.uk
Letchworth 6:00 am Info@chrisyork.co.uk
Liverpool Lime Street 7.30-9.00 am
Manchester Oxford Rd 4.30 – 6 pm
Manchester Piccadilly 4.30 – 6 pm TBC if enough people at Oxford Rd
Moreton 6.30 am but times TBC
Norwich 7.30-9.30 am
Nottingham 7.30 - 9:00 am
Peterborough 6.30 am: contact email@example.com
Sevenoaks 7:00 - 9:00 am firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheffield 8:00 - 9:00 am
Stafford 7.30 9.00 am
Stratford (London) 8:00 am
Stoke 7:30 am to 9 am; 12 pm-1 pm; 4:30 pm-6 pm
Swindon 17:00 -19:00 pm.
Totnes 17.00 - 19.00 pm. email@example.com
Upwey 6.30 am but times TBC
Waterloo 4.30 -6.30 pm (meet main entrance by stairs) firstname.lastname@example.org
Weymouth 5.45 - 8.05 am; email@example.com
Wokingham 7:00 - 9:00 am; 5-6:30 pm
Worcester Foregate St 7:00- 9:00 am
York 7.30 - 9:am firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want further information please contact Peter Robinson at email@example.com.
Note on reporting actions.
For those of you who are involved on Monday please provide feedback by posting to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the Bring Back British Rail Facebook site.
NOTE on follow-up.
Many of us are planning similar and better actions in the near future. April the First seems to be a good day, not only is this April Fools Day, and we must expose how the government have tried to fool us that the railway franchises are a good thing, but also, I believe, it is the 21st anniversary of the decree to privatise the rail service.
Note for Press
See press release from Action for Rail here.