Rail fares are rising again, yet the cost of living doesn’t get any cheaper. In January 2016 passengers will be asked to pay out even more for their rail fares. Passengers and taxpayers are paying a high price for the failures of rail privatisation.
Support our protest in August for an affordable railway under public ownership!
On 18 August the inflation figure used to calculate increases in regulated fares, like Season tickets and Anytime Day tickets, will be announced. The new fare prices will come into force in January 2016 and, even though the government has capped fares at the level of inflation, the rise will still add to pressures on the cost of living.
We have the highest commuter fares in Europe, yet services are often overcrowded, late and under-staffed. The rail network is vital to our economy and the environment, but there has been little investment from private train companies. Most investment comes from taxpayers, and in 2013/14 this was £3.8bn. Meanwhile, private train companies paid out £183m in shareholder dividends.
Recent research commissioned by the TUC revealed that season tickets could be 10 per cent cheaper by 2017 if rail lines up for re-tender were run by the public sector.
August 18 protests
To mark the date, on August 18 we are holding a protest at London Waterloo station, outside Exit 5, ‘Victory Arch’ from 7:15am to 9.30am, with a media photo opportunity at 8am. We will be protesting the fare rise and calling for an affordable railway under public ownership.
We will also be asking supporters to write to or email their MPs, watch this space for an online tool coming soon.
Community groups and rail campaigners are also holding more protests across England and Scotland. Please see below and join along!
Please note we will update this list regularly.
London Waterloo – 7.15am – 9.30am
Ascot – 5pm – 6pm
Barnsley – 8am, with a demonstration at 11am
Barrow-in-Furness – 6am – 10am
Brighton – 6am – 8am
Brighton Preston Park – 6am – 8am and 5.30pm to 8pm
Bristol Temple Meads – 7.30am – 9am
Burton upon Trent – 4pm – 5.40pm
Chester – 8am – 9.40am
Crewe – 7.30am onwards
Derby – 7.30am – 8.45am
Dorchester – 7am – 9am
Eccles – 7.30am onwards
Glasgow Central – 5pm onwards
Hove – 6am – 8am
Huddersfield – Saturday 5 September – 11.30am – 1pm
King’s Lynn – 7am – 8.45am
Liverpool Lime Street – 7.30am onwards
Manchester Piccadilly – 7.30 onwards
Norwich – 7am – 9am
Pen Mill Junction – 6pm onwards
Preston – 7.30am onwards
Sheffield – 8am – 9am
Sherborne – 7am – 9am and 5pm onwards
Slough – 8.30am – 9.30am
Stafford – 7.30am – 9am
Stoke-on-Trent – 7.30am – 9am and 12pm – 1pm
Swindon – 5pm – 7pm
Telford Central – 7am – 9am and 3.30pm 5.30pm
Weymouth – 7am – 9am
Windsor Central – 7.45am – 8.15am
Wolverhampton – 7am – 9am
Worcester Foregate Street – 7.30am – 9.30am and 4pm – 6pm
Worcester Shrub Hill – 7.30am – 9.30am and 4pm – 6pm
Yeovil – 9.40am – 2.40pm
York – 7.30am – 9.30am & 3.30pm – 6pm