Rail fares have risen at double the speed of wages since 2010, according to new analysis by the Action for Rail campaign. Fares have risen by 25% in the last six years, but average weekly earnings have only gone up by 12%. It’s time to end the rail rip off that is privatisation. While our fares have gone up, dividends paid to shareholders of private train companies have risen to £222m in the last year – an increase of 21%.
Even though passengers are paying more, we’re getting less. Our trains are often late, overcrowded and understaffed. There are cuts to services taking place across the network – driven by government cost-cutting. More ticket offices are closing, guards are being removed from trains, driver-only operations is being extended and there are fewer staff at stations to provide help when we need it. Southern Rail is an example of the abysmal services that passengers have to endure – at a high price.
The government is bending over backwards to sustain our failed privatised railway. They’ve allowed Southern to cancel around 340 services per day, but Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), which runs Southern, isn’t in breach of its contract. The government opposes public ownership, but three quarters of our rail network is run by foreign state owned/backed companies. Southern is part owned by French National railways SNCF.
It’s time to end the #railripoff and it’s time to GOvia – #southernfail
Rail campaigners have organised actions at over 50 stations, including at Southern Rail stations – in support of a publicly owned railway with affordable fares and proper staffing.
Take action – please take both if applicable:
Please email your MP calling on them to support the call for a national, publicly owned railway that puts people before profits.
If you use Southern Rail, please email your MP, asking them to strip GTR of the franchise and support a publicly owned railway with affordable fares and proper staffing.