Rail privatisation is daylight robbery – TAKE ACTION on 03 January 2017
Are you tired of paying extortionate rail fares?
Tired of delayed or cancelled trains?
Tired of the overcrowding and not being able to get help when you need it?
And all the while private train companies make bigger and bigger profits?
Rail fares are going up yet again in January 2017. Passengers are now contributing about 70% of industry funding. It’s a double whammy. As taxpayers, we continue to fund the vast majority of investment in our railways. Meanwhile, private train companies are paying out larger dividends to shareholders (a 21% increase in 2014-15 compared to the previous year). Network Rail’s income from these companies fell by around £500m in 2014-15, and by cutting staff, companies are saving even more money.
Women passengers, older passengers, and passengers with disabilities have raised concerns about cuts to staffing and services, such as ticket office closures and more driver only trains, and they have supported our calls for proper staffing.
We want a railway that is safe, inclusive and accessible for all.
JOIN OUR NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION IN SUPPORT OF PUBLIC OWNERSHIP, AFFORDABLE FARES AND FOR A PROPERLY STAFFED RAILWAY ON 3 JANUARY 2017.
Can you organise an action at your local railway station? We can provide action cards to distribute to passengers which asks them to write to their MPs.
If you are able to organise an action, please contact Action for Rail at firstname.lastname@example.org with details of the station name, time of action and a contact email. Please provide your name, address for delivery, and the quantity of cards you want. Please note that the deadline for ordering action cards is 9 December 2016.
We have posted station actions on our website, so if you can’t organise one yourself, you can still take part on 3 January: http://actionforrail.org/day-of-action-on-3rd-january-2017-help-us-end-railripoff/