Campaigners take action at over 100 stations to end #railripoff

Campaigners at King's Cross Station are joined by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn MP and Shadow Transport Secretary Lillian Greenwood MP
Campaigners at King’s Cross Station were joined by (L-R): RMT General Secretary Mick Cash; Kevin Rowan, TUC; Shadow Transport Secretary Lilian Greenwood; Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn; ASLEF General Secretary Mick Whelan; TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes.

 

Campaigners took action at over 100 stations yesterday to protest another wage-busting rise in rail fares and to call for an affordable railway under public ownership. At London King’s Cross Station campaigners were joined by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Shadow Transport Secretary Lilian Greenwood as well as leader of the Green Party Natalie Bennett.

Campaigners at London King's Cross Station joined by Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party
Campaigners at London King’s Cross Station joined by Nathalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party

 

Trade union activists and campaigners met passengers at stations across England, Wales and Scotland to raise awareness of the benefits of a publicly owned railway. The day of action coincided with research published by Action for Rail, which revealed that UK commuters spend up to six times as much of their salary on rail fares than passengers using publicly-owned railways in France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

The high costs of the UK’s privatised railways are reflected by public opinion. A separate new poll for Action for Rail of 1,719 British adults by YouGov found that:

  • 61% say train services in the UK are bad value for money
  • 62% think that fares would be cheaper if train companies weren’t trying to make a profit
  • 62% support public ownership of train operating companies
Campaigners take action for rail at Derby station
Campaigners take action for rail at Derby station

The day of action received extensive media coverage with articles in The Guardian, The Mirror, The Morning Star, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Express, The Daily Mail, The Sun, The Times and many regional publications.

Thank you to everyone who took action action for rail and for your ongoing support in campaigning for a publicly owned railway.

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Campaigners take action for rail at Sheffield Station.
Campaigners take action for rail at Sheffield Station.

 

Campaigners take action for rail at Wolverhampton Station
Campaigners take action for rail at Wolverhampton Station