Stop EU Rail Privatisation

What is the Fourth Railway Package?

The Fourth Railway Package is a new set of regulations coming out of the European Commission that aims to impose privatisation on domestic rail passenger services in every EU member state.

The proposals will make the competitive tendering of rail passenger services mandatory. And it will enforce the separation of train operation from infrastructure management, the split that has led to so much fragmentation, inefficiency and cost in the UK.

Action for Rail and ITF campaigners outside the European Commission offices in London - 9th October
Action for Rail and ITF campaigners outside the European Commission offices in London – 9th October

What’s the problem?

Currently, on the whole, every EU state has the freedom to choose which way it wants to run its passenger rail services. These measures will remove that freedom, imposing a model of fragmentation and privatisation that has been an abject failure in the UK.

This will remove any chance of a future UK government establishing alternative ways of delivering our railways. It will make it impossible to run a successful and publicly owned railway such as we currently see on the East Coast Main Line.

Any political successes we make in promoting the case for public ownership on our railways will come undone by EU regulations.

Stuart Howard, Assistant General Secretary, ITF, Katy Clark MP, Labour, Manuel Cortes, General Secretary, TSSA, Mick Whelan, General Secretary, ASLEF and Bob Crow, General Secretary, RMT hand in our letter condemning the 4th Rail Package to Marie-Madeleine Kanellopoulou of the European Commission
Stuart Howard, Assistant General Secretary, ITF, Katy Clark MP, Labour, Manuel Cortes, General Secretary, TSSA, Mick Whelan, General Secretary, ASLEF and Bob Crow, General Secretary, RMT hand in our letter condemning the 4th Rail Package to Marie-Madeleine Kanellopoulou of the European Commission

What can you do about it?

Email your MEP and let them know that you want them to oppose the Fourth Railway Package in the European Parliament.

The Labour Party recently voted against this package in Westminster. We want to see UK MEPs do the same in Brussels.

Use our on-line tool to email your MEP now