Protests Against Privatisation

28th March 2015 | Demonstration / News


This April Fools’ Day is the 21st anniversary of the shambolic privatisation of our once world-class railways, which now wastes £1.2billion of taxpayers’ money every year.

Join Bring Back British Rail, TSSA and Campaign against Climate Change in demanding the Public Ownership of Rail at Protests Against Privatisation up-and-down the country this Wednesday 1 April 2015.

See the Facebook Event for details >

Download and print the leaflet >

Re-nationalise ScotRail online action

11th March 2015 | Demonstration / News

Another great example of the absurdity and injustice of privatisation – on the April Fools’ Day this year, the ScotRail franchise will be handed to the Dutch state-owned Abellio, meaning Scots’ train fares will soon be subsidising railways in Holland!

As part of 48 Hour of Action for Public Ownership (on 31 March & 1 April 2015), Bring Back British Rail is launching a Thunderclap action to protest. If you use Facebook / Twitter, please sign-up to support:

Public Ownership For Railways Protest

2nd January 2015 | Demonstration / News


Join our national day of action to protest against rising fares! With support from Action for Rail, the People’s Assembly are teaming up with Bring Back British Rail, Compass, the Green Party, the Campaign against Climate Change, We Own It, and a variety of local groups to organise protests at railways stations all over Britain on Monday 5 January 2015.

Caroline Lucas MP will be supporting the protest at Brighton station (6.30 – 9.30am) and the Green Party leader Natalie Bennett will be at the London’s Kings Cross station protest (7.30 – 9.30am), where ITV’s Good Morning Britain and other media will be reporting on the action.

See the People’s Assembly website for the full list of stations:

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Contact Peter Robinson:

Day of Action for Public Ownership

11th August 2014 | Demonstration / News

Bring Back British Rail (photo: Robin Prime)

On Tuesday 19 August, we will find out how much our already over-priced train tickets will increase again in the New Year. Bring Back British Rail is joining forces with our friends at We Own It, Action For Rail and the new All on Board campaign to protest against these increases and to propose public ownership as the common-sense solution, which could help reduce our ticket prices by up to 20%.

Join us at stations all around the country and at our big demo in London at King’s Cross Station.

All on Board for Public Ownership
Tuesday 19 August 2014
7:30 – 9:00AM
King’s Cross Station
(assemble in King’s Cross Square at front of station for 8:00AM photo-op)

Join the Facebook Event for all the updates >

Protest Against Transport Profiteers Govia

12th June 2014 | Demonstration / News

TSGN: Super-Bad Franchise
Bring Back British Rail is supporting our friends at Action For Rail in their day of action this Tuesday 17 June against the merger of the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern rail franchises into one ‘super-bad’ franchise run by Govia.

The private company Govia is a ‘joint venture’ between transport profiteers Go-Ahead and their partners in crime Keolis, which is 35% owned by French state railways. This is the perfect example of the absurdity of our privatised rail system, where our extortionate train fares are used to fund dividends for private shareholders and subsidise public transport overseas!

Protests are taking place throughout the South East, including a central action at London Victoria station moving on to Go-Ahead’s head office close by.

Tuesday 17 June 2014
7.45am – 8.45am
London Victoria
Terminus Place (outside Superdrug)
London SW1W 9SJ

9.15am – 9.45am
Go Ahead
4 Matthew Parker Street
London SW1H 9NP

See Action for Rail’s website for other actions taking place throughout the South East!

The fight for East Coast goes on!

7th March 2014 | Demonstration / News


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 | Demonstration / News

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 | Demonstration / News / Petition

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.

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