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48 hours of Action for Public Ownership of Rail

Every year, privatisation wastes over £1bn – with money leaking out in areas such as shareholder dividends, company profits, and costs arising from fragmentation of our railways. In 2013-14, taxpayers contributed £3.8bn to the rail network, while private train companies

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Public ownership of rail is not only necessary; it is the only realistic option

A recent article in BBC News Magazine asks the question Would it be realistic to renationalise the railways? Using as a premise the recent passing of the East Coast main line from public to private hands, the article provides an

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Network Rail head attacks industry’s safety record

Mark Carne, the head of Network Rail has said that unsafe working practices are causing “appalling tragedies” and hundreds of casualties each year. Carne noted in a speech to rail industry figures that each year, about 600 railway workers are

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The East Coast Mainline: Why was the government so quiet about one of its great successes?

Organisations generally want to celebrate their successes. A bit of boasting burnishes an organisation’s public image, as well as boosting the reputations of its staff, management, and promoters. Some organisations even celebrate their failures. The Royal Bank of Scotland, majority

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Survey finds passengers “pushed to distraction” with long delays, high fares and poor customer service

Consumer group Which? has released their annual rail passenger survey for 2015, illustrating a worrying picture of passengers “pushed to distraction”, experiencing long delays and low levels of customer service, in contrast to paying high fare prices. Rail commuters from

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Private rail operators using public subsidies to fund pay-outs to shareholders

The taxpayer is footing the bill for private train companies who then pay out millions of pounds to shareholders, says the TUC in response to today’s (Monday) report by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR). The ORR report shows that

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Wasting public money to re-privatise East Coast

Over £2.4m has been spent by the government on external advisors for legal and financial expertise in order to re-privatise the East Coast Main Line. In a time of austerity, this is a huge waste of public money – spent on an

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Competition watchdog raises concerns over East Coast sell off

Government plans to sell off the successful and publicly owned East Coast main line to the private sector have run into problems after concerns were raised by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). Action for Rail are calling for the

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Closure of London Underground ticket offices will cost £134m

The closure of ticket offices on the London Underground will cost the taxpayer nearly £134m, according to figures released by Transport for London (TFL). The costs were revealed in papers from a recent meeting of the TFL Finance and Policy

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Third of trains were late in 2014

Figures released by Network Rail reveal that over a third of trains were late in 2014. Many of these trains were on peak commuter services, such as the 7.29am Brighton to London Victoria service operated by Southern trains. For this

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Save staff on London Transport!

Save staff on London Transport Boris Johnson is helping George Osborne take an axe to London transport, closing ticket offices and cutting tube staff and guards. We know passengers want properly staffed services. It's time the Mayor listened to London’s travelling public.

Keep East Coast Public!
Keep East Coast Public

East Coast Main Line is publicly owned and operated, investing profits back into the service, which benefits passengers and taxpayers alike. The government wants to sell it off in a needless, irresponsible privatisation.

Our railways are under attack

The government have set out their vision for the future of UK rail services, and it's a bleak picture for rail travelers, workers and businesses relying on the network.