Sick of rising rail fares and chaotic commuting? Tired of the endless tinkering with our broken privatised railway system?
On Wednesday, just as rail fares across the country go up by an inflation-busting 3.1 per cent – following 12 months of probably the worst train service ever for many passengers in London and the south-east – a coalition of commuter organisations, including Bring Back British Rail and the Association of British Commuters, are staging a day of action in protest and calling for radical reform.
Coinciding with the public consultation for the government’s new “root and branch” review of our railways, the Williams Rail Review, Bring Back British Rail say, “We’re calling on passengers all over the country to respond in favour of a re-unified national rail network, run for people not profit.”
Protests will take place at stations across the country, including at Clapham Junction and Lewisham stations in south London.
In parallel protests, in Croydon, the Labour Party will also be leafleting that morning across a dozen railway stations and tram stops around the borough, including at Norwood Junction, Waddon, Sandilands, New Addington, East Croydon, West Croydon and Coulsdon South.
On Friday January 18, to mark the deadline of the Williams Rail Review public consultation, Bring Back British Rail will be delivering to Chris “Failing” Graylling’s to the Department for Transport its Petition to Re-nationalise our Railways, signed by 118,039 people and demonstrating the sheer weight of public support for public ownership.
And for more information about Wednesday’s planned protests, visit the Bring Back British Rail Facebook page here.
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