7th March 2014
The fight to keep the East Coast mainline in public ownership goes on, in the face of the Coalition government’s determination to rush through the misguided and unnecessary re-privatisation our country’s most profitable and successful train line, before the next General Election.
Working with our friends at Action For Rail, we held a day of action at stations up and down the East Coast line on Friday 7 March 2014, to keep pressure up on MPs in order to make them see sense and delay their plans by the few months necessary to push the decision into the next parliamentary term.
2nd November 2013
This Tuesday 5 November marks twenty years since John Major’s government passed the opportunistic and short-sighted Railways Act, which permitted the breaking-up and selling-off of our beloved railways.
Since 2009, Bring Back British Rail has been working hard to ensure that the history of our once proudly publicly owned railway is not forgotten. With a fast growing network of supporters, the campaign aims to popularise the commonsense idea of re-nationalising the ludicrously over-priced and over-complicated system, which the people of Britain are now lumbered with after twenty years of privatisation – demanding a re-unified national rail network run for people not profit.
Please join Bring Back British Rail and our friends Action For Rail on Tuesday 5 November for a nationwide ‘Day of Action’ demanding the public ownership of our railways.
Protest Against Privatisation
Tuesday 5 November 2013
7:30 – 8:30 (8:00 AM photocall)
18th October 2013
Cat Hobbs from We Own It, Lilian Greenwood MP, Manuel Cortes (TSSA), Bob Crow (RMT), Caroline Lucas MP and Ellie Harrison from Bring Back British Rail with the 25,000-signature strong petition to Keep East Coast Public.
1st October 2013
On the morning of 18 October, Bring Back British Rail is joining forces with our friends at We Own It and Action For Rail, to descend on Parliament with our 38 Degrees petition to Keep East Coast Public.
We have over 20,000 signatures already. If you don’t want to see our only publicly run rail route, fall back into the hands of the profiteers, then please make sure you add your name to the list before 18 October, and share the link with all your friends and colleagues too!
Please come and support us the day! Join us at Westminster and get behind our Bring Back British Rail banner and placards as we hand over the petition to Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport.
Friday 18 October 2013
9:30 – 10:30 (10:00am photocall)
Old Palace Yard
At 10am we’ll be joined outside Westminster by Caroline Lucas MP (Green) and Lillian Greenwood MP (Labour) for speeches in support of the petition and a photocall.
If you’re in Edinburgh, please join Sheila Gilmore MP, Ian Murray MP, Mark Lazarowicz MP and Sarah Boyack MSP (Labour) for a Keep East Coast Public event outside Edinburgh Waverley Station on Princess Street from 11.30 – 13:00.
14th August 2013
The Bring Back British Rail banner was splashed all over the national press following yesterday’s demonstration against rail fare increases outside London King’s Cross Station.
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The Independent (page 11)
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The demonstration was also featured on:
7th August 2013
Momentum is building for Public Ownership For Our Railways, with the launch of this new nationwide campaign coordinated by Action For Rail and supported by Bring Back British Rail, We Own It, The ACT! Alliance, the Campaign against Climate Change and many other organisations around the country.
Join us for the national Day of Action on Tuesday 13 August at stations all over the country and at our big demo outside London Kings Cross Station.
Demonstration in London:
Tuesday 13 August 2013
7:45 – 9:00AM
King’s Cross Station
(outside the new Pancras Road entrance)
Actions are also taking place from 8:00 – 9:00AM (unless otherwise stated) outside these major railway stations: Alnmouth 9:30 – 11:00, Ashford International, Aylesbury, Berwick Upon Tweed (9:00 – 10:00), Birmingham International (7:30 – 17:00), Birmingham New Street (7:30 – 9:00), Bletchley, Brighton (11:00 – 12:00 with Caroline Lucas), Bristol Stapleton Road (7:00 – 9:00), Bristol Temple Meads (7:30 – 9:00), Canterbury West (6:50 – 8:30), Chatham (7:00 – 8:30), Chelmsford, Coventry (7:00 – 9:00), Derby (7:15 – 8:45), Doncaster, Ealing Broadway (17:00 – 19:00), Edinburgh Waverley (7:30 – 9:00), Glasgow Central (7:30 – 9:00), Glasgow Queen Street (16:30 – 18:00), Hastings, Homerton (7:45 – 9:00), Lancaster (16:00 – 18:00), Leeds, Littlehampton, Liverpool Lime Street (7:30 – 9:00), London Kings Cross (7:45 – 9:00), London Paddington (8:00 – 10:00), London Victoria (7:30 – 9:00), London Waterloo (7:45 – 9:00), Manchester Piccadilly (7:30 – 9:30), Matlock Bath, Newcastle Central (7:30 – 9:00), Norwich (6:00 – 10:00), Peterborough (8:00 – 9:00), Preston (16:00 – 18:00), Putney (17:30 – 19:30), Raynes Park (17:30 – 18:30), Reading (17:00 – 18:00), Rochester, Scarborough (17:00 – 19:00), Southampton Central, Southport (7:30 – 9:30), Sudbury, Tonbridge (9:00 – 11:00), Watford Junction, Weymouth (7:45 – 9:00) and York.
1st August 2013
Bring Back British Rail is joining forces with Action For Rail, We Own It and many other groups and organisations around the country (listed below) to launch the new Keep East Coast Public campaign this summer.
In November 2009 the East Coast mainline was re-nationalised when National Express abruptly handed back the keys, after they realised it wasn’t the cash cow they had hoped.
Now in public ownership, East Coast is thriving – it receives the lowest subsidy of any of the train operators and has returned nearly £800m in profit to the taxpayer in the last four years.
East Coast is the rare success story of this disastrous franchise system. In public ownership it has brought us that one step closer to our dream of Bringing Back British Rail. We cannot let the Tories re-privatise East Coast and watch the profiteers mess things up again!
26th June 2013
Today, Caroline Lucas Green Party MP introduced an Early Day Motion to the UK Parliament calling for the Public Ownership of the Railways.
Bring Back British Rail supporters, we must seize this opportunity!
Please WRITE TO YOUR MP TODAY, and ask them to sign up to ‘Early Day Motion 303’, if only for the simple economic fact that we are now subsidising our railways by two to three times more than we did before they were privatised in 1994. That’s £1.2 billion of taxpayers money per year being wasted as a result of the inefficiencies of this ridiculous franchise system.
19th December 2012
Merry Christmas! Our rail fares are set to increase above inflation again this January for the tenth year in a row! We already have to pay more to travel by train than any other country in Europe thanks to the failings of privatisation.
When you go back to work at the start of January and get a nasty shock at the cost of your commute, make sure you tell the coalition government how angry you are!
- Tweet @transportgovuk using #farefail #railfail
- Or send a message to your MP via the #FAREFAIL website
7th August 2012
On Tuesday 14 August 2012, inflation figures will be announced which determine just how much our already overpriced train fares will increase by in the New Year.
Tuesday 14 August 2012
8:30 – 9:30 AM
Outside Waterloo Station
(corner of York Road and Sutton Walk)
We need your support! If you’re in / near London, please come down and join us and help by spreading the word, inviting your friends, bringing your own banners and making a noise!
If you would like to get more actively involved in the organisation of the demo please email firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘ACTIVIST’ in the subject heading and we’ll let you into our plans in the run up to the day.
If you’re elsewhere in the UK, you can join Action for Rail’s demonstrations outside stations all over the county.