Public Ownership For Railways Protest

Railway protests on January 5, calling for Public Ownership

actionforrail-twitter.pngOn 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  jonathanglen31@gmail.com

Birmingham New Street            TBC  jonathanglen31@gmail.com

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 samdarby43@hotmail.com

Burton                                     3:30 pm- 4:45 pm 

Cambridge                               7.30-9 am; woodcocktom@hotmail.com  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 sheerinp@btinternet.com 

Derby                                      7.30 -9.15 am; peterfrobinson@ntlworld.com 07876595993

Dorchester South                    5.45 - 8.20 am; anne@phonecoop.coop 

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 rachel.burgin@yahoo.co.uk

Harrogate                               7.30 am

Hitchin                                    TBA contact rachel.burgin@yahoo.co.uk                          

Huddersfield                            5-6.30 pm; kirkleesccc@hotmail.co.uk

Ipswich                                    17.00-18.30  

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 lisaforbes@virginmedia.com 

Sevenoaks                               7:00 - 9:00 am  me@chrisclark.org.uk

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.    dompete51@btinternet.com                   

Upwey                                      6.30 am but times TBC

Waterloo                                 4.30 -6.30 pm  (meet main entrance by stairs) jacqui@compassonline.org.uk

Weymouth                               5.45 - 8.05 am; anne@phonecoop.coop 

Wokingham                             7:00 - 9:00 am; 5-6:30 pm

Worcester Foregate St            7:00- 9:00 am

York                                         7.30 - 9:am    andydag@talktalk.net

 

If you want further information  please contact Peter Robinson at peterfrobinson@ntlworld.com

 

Note on reporting actions. 

For those of you who are involved on Monday please provide feedback by posting to afrailsupporters@googlegroups.com 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.

 

 

 

 

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