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Many of the organisations we normally work with cannot pay for materials / leaflets in the run-up to the General Election because of the new draconian ‘gagging law‘. That’s why we need to do this from the ground up, by collecting small donations from Bring Back British Rail supporters all around the country.
Check out this short film from our friends at Get Glasgow Moving, explaining why de-regulation & privatisation have been such a disaster for our regional public transport networks and what we can do to win them back! 🚍🚏🚆 ...
🏴 Powers to re-regulate buses are available to transport authorities in England under the Bus Services Act 2017.
🏴 In Scotland under the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019, transport authorities have the power to re-regulate buses and set up publicly-owned bus companies, in large-part due to Get Glasgow Moving's campaign!
What a brilliant win for Better Buses for Greater Manchester today! ✊ Let’s hope this is the beginning of the end for Britain’s profiteering private bus companies 🚍After years of work from campaigners across the region, Andy Burnham has just announced that buses in Greater Manchester are coming back into public control!
YOU WON!!!!!!! ✊✊✊🚌🚌🚌🚌✊✊✊
We're so happy! Well done to everyone involved!! ...
Please remember: you can still catch a bus or train if it is late. You would probably miss a train or bus if it was early. 🙂
(An arguement I use when car owners tell me that "the train/bus is always late")
How, exactly, will this bring better buses to Manchester?
Let's just wait and see what the fares are, there already a rip off.
At a cost of £135 million before any changes happen. Where is the money coming from? The bus operators certainly can't afford it.
I always find it interesting that when there's a post about something good or kind or decent and is of benefit there's always at least one twit who clicks the laughing smiley.
Wait for the bill to need paying!
A few people have asked "how will it be paid for?" Easy, you slash the wage bill, get rid of the unproductive people called 'shareholders of a private company'.
Co-ordinated services and ticketing instead of separate operators running around after the juicy bit and trying to outdo each other. Transport isn't sweet shops trying to outbid the one down the road but something that needs to be organised for the greater good of the metropolitan conurbation.
Grew up in Manchester. Selnec busses were orange, cheap, regular and reliable. Well done Manchester!
great! now lets get the NHS & THE RAILWAYS BACK!!
Well done Andy. West Midlands next please Andy Street (or possibly Liam Byrne after May).
Cheap, frequent buses hopefully. Taking a taxi shouldn’t be cheaper than a bus.
I’m sure Boris will pay one of his mates a billion pounds to put a stop to this nonsense whilst also smothering anything within 20 miles in the union flag 🤣🤣🤮 😡
I think we need a bit more information before the euphoria begins!
See Burnham Dan.
Great work nice to see and now for the rest of the country
so are they going to buy all operators buses to do this
Does this mean the classic orange buses are coming back?
The money earned if the railways are wholly nationalised would have to come from the profitable operating sectors like Inter City.
Now sort the lanes out, it is a nightmare driving around our city centre. They make so much money out of diabolical routes. Needs looking into to ensure it is not just a money making scam. Parking, bus lanes, dropping off and collecting from coach and train station. NIGHTMARE!!!
Amazing news for Scotland today! 👏👏👏 Michael Matheson MSP has finally announced that the ScotRail franchise will be brought back into public ownership when Abellio's contract ends next year 🚆 Thanks to everyone who signed our #MakeScotRailPublic petition, first launched in 2014. It was a long fight, but we did it! ...
Public transport is an essential public service. It facilitates the smooth running of our local and national economies, it helps cut the carbon emissions caused by car travel, and it enables everyone to participate in our society – to visit friends and family, to attend appointments, events or go ...
I saw the Scottish Daily Mail ran on its front page today its oh so predictable faux outrage that this was "Back To The 70s". How I love to watch that hate rag squirm when things don't go their way....
Well rather than stupidly taking it back 6 years ago and paying Abellio even more millions they waited till the franchises ended... which was the vaunted plan of Jeremy Corbyn... but aye.. you won.
I stand for the campaign to Bring back BR - but taking the credit for this "success" is a bit of a cheek - the only reason the Gov have brought it back to public ownership is the deficit caused by the pandemic. When the time comes, it'll be back in the private sector faster than it is taking the tories to give NHS staff a decent payrise.
More money than sense dept. Was BR a success?
Excellent news. Back to the future hurrah hurrah hurray!
British rail is the future
Fantastic news for Scotland,
Railways operated as they should be for the passenger, not the shareholder.
Just like they did for prescriptions. unlike England where people have to decide whether they can afford life saving prescription of nearly £10
Is this just the franchise, ie rolling stock and train crews? Scotland still won't own the track or rolling stock so the same exorbitant hire fees will get milked
At last B.R next I hope
Scot rail is state owned just not the British state it is part of N.S or the Dutch State Railways.
Hooray. Let’s hope England follows suit
And once it gets there, leave it there. Change the name of OLR to summat simple like SR.
Thats 3 of 4 of the home nations now permanently back in public operation isn't it?
Even america has a state owned rail network
That’s great news.
Afraid I'm sceptical about this.
It might work like Regional Railways but how did it function?
Abellio got skinned
Just like the British Govt has been pushing for the UK through all his bodies.
NO if the wicked witch o' the north has onything tae dae wi' it. it will hand Scotrail ower tae the eu.
On the day rail fares rise by a whopping 2.6%, we've launched a new online action with our friends at We Own It. Please take 2 minutes to write to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to demand he seizes this moment to end rail privatisation altogether. 📝👉 weownit.org.uk/demand-public-ownership-our-railway ...
I thought it was the rail companies who imposed fare increases, not the gov.
By the time HS2 is finished no one will be able to afford to use it.
Even if you don't use the trains you are still paying for them out of your and my taxes. So if you want a rail service that is worth its money get it back into public ownership and gas, electric, water, and oil. Britain was great at one time.
Good luck, we're approx 100,000 billion miles off from having anything like a socialist left wing agenda anywhere near Number 10 with Kier Starmer being an absolute wet wipe.
Great stuff. Can't wait to get back to commuting and spending 3/4 of my wages on rent and travel.
FUN FUN FUN.
What a disgrace the railways have become, after scaring off 95% of regular users during the pandemic, they are now about to increase fares by 2.6%. They have risen by 40% in the last ten years, meanwhile, fuel duty on cars has been frozen for 12 years, is it any wonder we have clogged up roads.
More profit for the bosses and shareholders, who dont give a damn about us.
We are the mugs who just keep paying and they know it
I joined BR (Southern Region) in 1970, Fare rises were an annual unwelcome event then, and the main reason was not to invest but to suppress demand so that investment became unnecessary, The Mandarins of Masham Street ruled fiercely then!
In public transport terms the tories have always been a disaster as the pander to the greed of their cronies. Buses and trains are a disaster across most of the country. Marples was bane enough but this shower are the worst of the lot.
How would a publicly owned (Government), railway prevent price hikes like this that are set by the Dft (Government)?
Sent off a letter, no doubt it will be ignored...
Don't just stop with trains gas electric buses nationalise the lot
Bring back the British Rail we use to have before privatisation such as Virgin Trains etc.
What the point it’s private profit for shareholders customers don’t care
I'd love to sign but your computer won't accept my EU postcode. Pity cos I'm a UK citizen and have a continuing interest in UK affairs.
Sadly, would the Government pay heed to the way privatisation has caused overheads to spiral out of control?
Some structural defects found in some of the IEPs leaves the Government, Hitachi and Great Western in the red. In diesel mode, they are slower than a HST while having to operate over the notorious South Devon banks.
Nationalise the lot.
Privatisation of Rail has failed dismally.
The current situation is totally unacceptable, it's time it was scrapped.
Bring Back British Rail is coordinated from Glasgow by Ellie Harrison, with the help of a small network of volunteers around the UK.
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