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Community Activists take action on 5 January in support of public ownership

Rail fares are due to increase on 2 January 2015, again above the rate of inflation. We already have some of the most expensive fares in Europe! Some community groups and concerned passengers are going to be at their local

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Three quarters of UK rail owned by foreign states, research reveals

Recent research by transport trades union RMT has revealed that three quarters of the rail franchises in the UK are now owned by foreign state-owned or backed rail companies. In contrast to the government’s stated opposition to public ownership of

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ScotRail franchise awarded to Dutch State railways for 10 years

The £2.5bn ScotRail franchise has been awarded to transport group Abellio, which is owned by Dutch state railways. This is a missed opportunity to bring the franchise under public ownership in the UK. Abellio is the international arm of Nederlandse

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Can Labour Deliver Radical Rail Reform?

‘Can Labour Deliver Radical Rail Reform?’ was the issue up for discussion at a packed Action for Rail fringe meeting at Labour Party Conference on 21 September. The ‘Question Time’ panel was made up of Mary Creagh, Shadow Secretary of

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Action for Rail to hold fringe at Labour Conference: Can Labour deliver radical rail reform?

The joint union, TUC-led Action for Rail campaign will hold a fringe at the Labour Party Conference on Sunday 21 September, to pose the question, ‘Can Labour deliver radical rail reform?’ The fringe will provide delegates with an opportunity to

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Over 200,000 train cancellations over the past year shows need for radical rail reform

Rail passengers have been hit by over 200,000 cancellations of passenger train services over the past year, according to figures supplied by train companies to Network Rail. Commuters in London and the South East were the worst hit, with nearly

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TUC rail fringe calls for bold commitment from Labour

At a well-attended fringe at TUC Congress organised by the joint trade union Action for Rail campaign, delegates discussed the possibility of a Labour government introducing radical reform of our railways. Panelists and delegates held a lively debate and called

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Unions welcome public ownership of Network Rail

  Today (1 September) unions welcomed Network Rail being taken back under public ownership by gathering outside its offices near Kings Cross and handing in a letter to Chief Executive Mark Carne. We believe this change supports our view that

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Campaigners protest fare rise and call for public ownership of rail

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

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New public ownership calls as rail fares set to rise 25 per cent since 2010

Rail fares for season tickets and other regulated fares are set to go up by 3.6% on average from January 2015, the TUC and rail unions warn today (Tuesday) as the Action for Rail campaign protests against rail fare rises

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