Passengers are paying more, but getting less. Trains are often cancelled, delayed, overcrowded and understaffed. While passengers pay more for the rail services, the dividends paid to rail company shareholders was £222m in 2014/15 – a whopping increase of 21% on the previous year. Instead of reinvesting the money back into the railways – to ensure the trains run on time, the rail network is properly staffed and passengers’ fares are affordable – your money is lining the pockets of shareholders.
This morning, Action for Rail campaigners and Labour party activists asked King’s Cross passengers to write to their MPs, and put pressure on the government to support affordable fares, public ownership and a properly staffed railway.