Today, August 19, campaigners gathered at over 60 stations throughout the UK, from Southampton to Edinburgh, to protest the passenger fare rise and to call for the railways to be brought into public ownership. Members of rail unions, campaigning groups and others came together as the inflation figure used to calculate the annual rise in regulated rail fares was announced – a wage-busting inflation plus 1 per cent.
As we’ve blogged today, privatisation costs the taxpayer over £1bn a year, while public ownership could bring about much-needed investment and fund a fare reduction of 18 per cent. Campaigners spoke to passengers about the unaffordable fare rise and asked them to contact their MP to support an affordable railway under public ownership.
Well done to everyone who took action today. Why not help us keep up the pressure by emailing your MP! http://actionforrail.org/
Here is a selection of photos from today:
Here are some examples from the media coverage of the day: