The fight for East Coast goes on!

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.

See the Action For Rail website for more info about how to get involved >

Twenty Years of Privatisation

2nd November 2013

Bring Back British Rail

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)

Euston Station

See the Action for Rail website for details of protests taking place at more than 30 other stations across the country on Tuesday 5 November, which is a national day of civil disobedience.

Keep East Coast Public – Petition Hand-in

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
London SW1

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.

38 Degrees

Public Ownership Day of Action

7th August 2013

Public Ownership For Our Railways

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.

If you plan to go along to any of these, make sure you order some free Bring Back British Rail stickers or merchandise before the weekend so we can get them out to you in time!

Keep East Coast Public

1st August 2013

Keep East Coast Public

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!

Sign the petition on 38 Degrees >
Write to your MP using Action For Rail’s online tool >

Coalition For Public Ownership

Write to your MP!

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.

Please see the Re-building Rail and The Great Train Robbery reports for more great facts like these.

Join the Action Against Fare Rises this New Year!

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.


Bring Back British Rail is joining forces with our partners Together for Transport, Climate Rush, SHIFT Campaign, The ACT! Alliance and TSSA to launch another #FAREFAIL protest this New Year.

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

Demo Against Train Fare Rises

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.

Bring Back British Rail is working with Campaign for Better Transport, Action for Rail and Climate Rush to organise a massive demonstration at London’s Waterloo Station calling for Fair Fares Now!

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 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.