Action for Rail | Rail privatisation is daylight robbery – TAKE ACTION on 3 January 2017

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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 actionforrail@tuc.org.uk 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/

Action For Rail | #RailRipoff Campaign 2017

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Action for Rail - fates 2017

I have received this e-mail from Action For Rail

Dear Paul

There is still time to ask your MP to support affordable fares and public ownership

Rail fares have risen at double the speed of wages since 2010, while dividends paid to shareholders of private train companies have risen by 21% to £222m in the last year, according to our analysis.

On 16 August, the government announced that regulated fares (e.g. season tickets and anytime day tickets) will increase by 1.9% in 2017.  We’ve had enough of paying more but getting less – it’s time to end this #railripoff.

While fares are going up, our trains are often late, overcrowded and under-staffed. There are fewer ticket offices, fewer staff at stations to provide help when we need it, and in addition there are threats to remove guards and extend driver only operated trains.

We need a safe, punctual, reliable and properly staffed railway. We shouldn’t have to keep paying for the failures of privatisation.

Please email your MP and ask them to support the call for affordable fares and a publicly-owned railway that puts people before profits

Thanking you for your support for Action for Rail.

In solidarity,

Philip
Action for Rail

So here’s the e-mail I sent to Ben Bradshaw:

Rail fares increase: Please support affordable fares and public ownership of rail

I’m writing as a constituent to let you know that I’m totally fed up of these rail fare rises, with fares going up again in January.

I’ve had enough of paying more, but getting less.

Services are often late, unreliable and overcrowded. There are fewer ticket offices and staff at stations to provide help, in addition there are threats to remove guards and extend driver only operated trains.

I want a safe, punctual, reliable and properly staffed railway. I don’t want to keep paying for the failures of privatisation.

The railways make a valuable contribution to communities, the economy and environment. Please support the call for affordable fares and a publicly-owned railway that puts people before profits.

Yours

Paul bull