On the day Transport Secretary Grant Shapps launched the long-awaited Williams Rail Review, Bring Back British Rail’s Ellie Harrison was invited on BBC 2’s Jeremy Vine programme to debate the pros and cons of the ‘Great British Railways‘ proposal with Pete Waterman.
America is a mess. Let’s not turn into America. Trains made Britain great.
BR had such a poor reputation as a brand I am not surer we want it back, but we certainly don’t want the current system.
What a crap service.
The fragmentation of the system caused by privatisation is a disaster and fares are too high because of the need to satisfy shareholders.
Certain things in our society are done best where the ethos of ‘public service’ is paramount, not first making profit so we need to think back to the British Rail of late 80’s.
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Tory Party values.
It's a management contract which means it doesn't matter how bad they are they will still get paid their fee and they will be protected from any loses due to industrial action or even another pandemic ( don't forget the current government likes to remind us all that every household paid £1400 to prop up those naughty striking rail workers)
Built by the people for the people not the share holders
Friday 1 September is the final day to help #SaveTicketOffices! 🚉
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www.transportfocus.org.uk/train-station-ticket-office-consultationToday is your last chance to tell the rail companies what you feel about ticket office closures.
Don't let them bring down the shutters, putting profit before people. www.transportfocus.org.uk/train-station-ticket-office-consultation/
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I was in the ticket office at Newcastle today at what I would have expected to be a quiet time. There was a queue in front of me and it quickly lengthened behind me.
Form completed. Not that they'll take the slightest bit of notice. The government has already made up their 'minds'.
France will launch a €49 rail pass after the success of the 'Deutschlandticket' UK also tried to copy Germany, but was reduced to capping bus fares at £2. This is due to privatisation of Britain's state-owned British Rail. www.euronews.com/travel/2023/09/08/france-will-launch-a-49-rail-pass-after-the-success-of-the-deu...
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RMT launch National Day of Action against ticket office closures #SaveTicketOffices
Rail union, RMT will step up its campaign to save ticket offices, with dozens of protests outside stations across the country on Thursday.
In London, the union will hold a mass rally outside Kings Cross station at 6pm while local stations will be leafleted.
The union is encouraging everyone to take part in the consultation, so rail companies and the government understand how much rail passengers value their ticket offices and staff.
RMT is taking strike action on 20,22 and 29 July over pay, conditions and ticket office closures.
General Secretary Mick Lynch said: "Our union is taking our campaign to save ticket offices out into every town, city and village in this country.
"The recent announcements of ticket office closures is a fig-leaf for the wholescale de-staffing of stations, including safety critical train dispatch, safety critical train despatch staff, passenger assistance and other non-ticket office customer service workers.
"Ticket office closures under Schedule 17 means there will be no regulations on staffing levels at stations whatsoever.
"Train operators will then be free to staff or de-staff any station to whatever level they choose.
"Our union and the travelling public do not want a de-humanised railway that will be a rife with crime and anti-social behaviour, inaccessible to the most vulnerable.
"We will fight these plans all the way and need the public's support in joining our campaign and taking part in the consultation." ... See MoreSee Less
Mick is a hero. With you all the way RMT (Ex- S&T).
Please can you sign n share. Bring Back British Rail, is it possible to pin this to the top of the group, please? petition.parliament.uk/petitions/636542?fbclid=IwAR2xVXCa0eeyM4FGDrZG0HcCJ4uHRgIVw2LI2InMhgEzfiWv...
Proof, if it was ever needed, that running the railways is about one thing and one thing only, profits for shareholders. There's no concept of public service from the government or the privatised railway companies.
Hope there are similar meetings outside of London. 🤔
Privatisation has never delivered. They choosed to get the trains supplied from abroad that most are still plagued by teething and quality control issues.
Mick Lynch is on £80k+ a year. Do you really think he gives a shit about you lot or anyone else?'