End #railripoff on 16 August. Protest fare rises and call for public ownership

On 16 August the government will announce yet another hike in our rail fares, but services are often late, overcrowded and under-staffed. Passengers and taxpayers are being asked to pay an ever increasing price for the failures of rail privatisation. On Southern Rail, run by Govia Thameslink Railway, thousands of passengers are having to put up with abysmal services.

While fares keep rising, cuts to services and staffing are taking place across the network – with more ticket offices closing, removal of guards from trains, extension of driver only operations and fewer staff at stations to provide help when we need it. We’re paying more, but getting less.

Action for Rail is organising a day of action on 16 August  calling for a publicly owed railway with affordable fares, and for Govia to be stripped of the Southern Rail franchise.

Public ownership of rail could deliver cheaper fares. If the lines up for renewal this parliament were taken back into public ownership, that could save around £1.5bn – which could fund a 10 per cent cut in season tickets and other regulated fares from 2017. A third (£520m) of this £1.5bn saving would come from recouping the money private train companies pay in dividends to their shareholders.

The inflation figure used to calculate increases in regulated fares, like season tickets and commuter fares, saver and standard returns will be announced on 16 August. The new fare prices will come into force in January 2017.

Thank you if you’re organising an action at a station – the deadline for ordering cards has now closed. We appreciate your support!

Take action! As part of the day of action we’re asking supporters to write to their MPs:

Stop the Rail Rip-Off  and support affordable fares and public ownership.

Time to GOvia – return the Southern Rail franchise to public ownership and support the call for a reliable service with affordable fares and proper staffing.

Station actions on 16 August (regularly updated)

We will be at London Bridge station from 07:30 – 09:00 and 17:00 – 1830, in the forecourt of the main entrance (Exit 1) on London Bridge Street, by The Shard. Please click here for an image map of the location.

The following stations will also have actions:

Ascot – 16:00 – 18:00
Barnsley – 08:00 – 09:30 and 16:30 onwards
Barrow-in-Furness – 06:45 – 09:00
Bedford – 17:00 – 19:00
Belper, Derbyshire – 07:45 – 08:15
Berwick upon Tweed – 07:30 onwards
Birmingham New Street – Time TBC
Brighton – 06:0 – 12:00
Bristol Temple Meads – 08:00 – 09:00 and 17:30 – 18:30
Bromley South – Time TBC
Burnage, Manchester – Time TBC
Chester – 07:30 onwards
Derby – 16:30 – 18:00
Dorchester – 07:00 – 09:30
East Croydon – 07:00 – 09:30 and 16:30 – 18:00
Eccles, Greater Manchester – 08:00 – 09:30
Glasgow Central – 17:00 – 18:00
Hastings – Morning – 07:00 – 10:00
Hove – 06:00 onwards
Ilford, Greater London – 08:00 – 10:00
Ipswich – Time TBC
King’s Lynn – 07:15 – 09:00
Lewes – 07:00 – 09:00 and 17:00 – 19:00
Lincoln station – Time TBC
Liverpool Lime Street – 07:30 – 09:30
London Liverpool Street – 11:00 – 13:00
London Road, Brighton – 07:00 – 08:30
London Waterloo (Exit 5) – 08:00 onwards
Manchester Piccadilly – 07:30 – 09:30
Mauldeth Road, Manchester – Time TBC
Merthyr Tydfil – Time TBC
Moulscoomb, Brighton – 07:30 – 09:00
Norwich – 11:00 – 13:00
Newcastle Central – 08:00 – 09:30
Peterborough – 07:30 – 09:00
Portslade, Brighton & Hove – 17:00 – 19:00
Preston Park, Brighton – 06:00 – 09:15 and 17:00 – 20:00
Seaford – 06:30 – 07:30
Sheffield – 08:00 – 09:00 and 17:00 – 18:00
Slough – 08:00 – 10:00
Tamworth – 07.30 – 9:00 and 17.30 – 19:00
Taunton – 07:30 – 09:00
Telford – 17:00 onwards
Weymouth – 07:00-09.30 and 10.45-12:15
Windsor Central – 08:00 – 10:00 and 16:00 – 18:00
Windsor & Eton Riverside – 08:00 – 10:00 and 16:00 – 18:00
Wolverhampton – 07:00 – 09:00
Worcester Foregate Street – 07:30 – 09:30
Worcester Shrub Hill – 07:30 – 09:30
Worthing, West Sussex – 07:30 – 09:00 and 17:00 – 19:00