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CLASS briefing on publicly-owned rail

The Centre for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS) has produced a short, informative briefing on publicly-owned railways, taking into account some recent political announcements on rail, including the Conservative Party’s pledge on rail fares, and explores the benefits of public

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Conservative rail fares pledge masks high costs of privatisation

The Conservative Party have pledged to freeze regulated rail fares for the next five years. What this announcement obscures is that even if capped at the level of inflation (what is meant by the term ‘freeze’), fares will still rise

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Season tickets could be 10 per cent cheaper by 2017 if rail services were run by public sector, says TUC

Season tickets could be 10 per cent cheaper by 2017 if rail services were run by the public sector, according to new research published by the Action for Rail campaign today (Tuesday). The research, carried out by Transport for Quality

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Campaigners take action for public ownership of rail

Today, 31 March, union activists and rail campaigners took action at over 40 stations across the UK, meeting passengers to raise awareness of the benefits of public ownership of our railways. The protests, called by the joint union Action for

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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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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.

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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.