On Friday 2nd January 2015, rail fares will be rising again and above the rate of inflation.
As it stands people in the Britain already pay some of the highest fares in Europe and will continue to do so after this near 5% raise. The private franchise experiment on rail has not worked. The British people pay 17% more now for trains than they did when the railways were nationalised, and services have become more fragmented and unreliable. All this on the backs of massive subsidies measuring in the billions show that the railways no longer work for us, and only exist to line the pockets of mass corporations.
Bringing the railways back into public ownership means that we can see fares fall to levels that work for ordinary people. We can democratise the railways and see that the services work in conjunction with what local areas and regions need. Its time to make the system for the public and not big business and profit.
Therefore on January 5th along with a mass of varying national and local organisations we will be leafleting commuters at railways across the country. In addition to this, Caroline Lucas MP (Greens) will be presenting her Private Members Bill to parliament calling for public ownership of the railways later that week.
Here is a list of confirmed stations that will be seeing action with more to be added:
Brighton (Preston Park)
Bristol Temple Meads
St Pancras/Kings Cross
Compass staff will be in attendance at Waterloo in the evening rush hour
If you can make it along to any of these stations please help us make public railways a reality.
Please note we hope to have people at stations at any-time from 7am – 7pm