BBC Radio Scotland ScotRail debate

19th December 2019 | Media Coverage / News

Following Scottish Transport Secretary Michael Matheson’s announcement that he would be ending Abellio’s contract to run the ScotRail franchise three years’ early (on 31 March 2022), Bring Back British Rail’s Ellie Harrison was invited onto BBC Radio Scotland’s Jackie Brambles show to discuss ScotRail’s future with rail journalist Philip Haigh and Rachel Jackson, actress and comedian.

General Election 2019

22nd November 2019 | Merchandise / News

The Labour Party’s manifesto for the UK General Election on 12 December 2019 promises to deliver publicly-owned railways, mail, water and energy. Could this finally be our chance to Bring Back British Rail?

Make sure you register to vote before the deadline on Tuesday 26 November 2019, 11.59pm so that you can have your say!

And order your Bring Back British Rail merchandise in time for the election! Our #GE2019 Special Offer gets you a Rail Card Wallet, Enamel Badge and Embroidered Patch for just £10 including delivery in the UK.

Rail Revolution: Day of Action

11th December 2018 | Demonstration / Media Coverage / News

Rail Revolution: National Day of Action

Sick of rising rail fares and chaotic commuting?

Tired of the endless tinkering with our broken privatised railway system?

It’s time for a #RailRevolution.

On Wednesday 2 January 2019, as our rail fares rise again by 3.1%, we’re joining forces with our friends at We Own It, the Association of British Commuters and NOR4NOR to organise a national day of action calling for radical reform.

Coinciding with the public consultation for the government’s new ‘root and branch’ review of rail: the Williams Rail Review, we’re calling on passengers all over the country to respond in favour of a re-unified national rail network run for people not profit.

On Wednesday 2 January 2019, protests will take place at stations across the country (see full list here), with a central one at London King’s Cross from 7:30-9:00am (photo call at 8:00am). See the Facebook event page for details, print a Bring Back British Rail placard and come join us!

Sign the Petition

Then on Friday 18 January 2019, to mark the deadline of the Williams Rail Review public consultation, we’ll be delivering our Care2 Petition to Re-nationalise our Railways signed by 118,039 people to the Department for Transport to demonstrate the sheer weight of public support for public ownership.

Make sure you add your name before then:

Media Coverage from 2 January 2019


Furious passengers protest price hikes, Daily Mail
Anger at ‘disgraceful’ rail fare rises as stations hit by protests, Sky News
Chris Grayling blames unions for rail fare hike, BBC News
Rail passengers stage ‘national day of action’ in protest at fare increases, Evening Standard
Rail users to mount ‘national day of action’ over 3.1% fare rise, The Guardian
Rail season tickets to jump by £100 for many commuters, Metro
Train price hike: Jeremy Corbyn calls for public ownership of railways, Independent
Rail fares rise 3.2% TODAY despite trains chaos, Mirror
Protest in Birmingham over rising rail fares, Birmingham Live
Protests at Sheffield railway station as rail fares rise by an average of 3.1 per cent, The Star
York protest over national rail fare hike, The Press

Success! Or is it?

1st June 2018 | Fundraising / Media Coverage / News

London North Eastern Railway

On 16 May 2018, one month after we launched our Crowd Justice campaign to take Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to court over his handling of the Virgin Trains East Coast franchise fiasco, it was announced in the media that the route would be ‘re-nationalised’, as LNER (London North Eastern Railway) from 24 June 2018.

Success! Or is it? It later emerged that the new LNER franchise (unlike ‘East Coast’, which ran the line from 2009-15 and was wholly publicly-owned by the Department for Transport), would be run by a consortium of private companies: Arup, Ernst & Young and SNC-Lavalin.

Our legal action continues. Our lawyers have now written to Government for a forth time: to request further information about the new LNER arrangement, as well as the ongoing review of the suitability of Stagecoach and Virgin to retain their franchise ‘Passports’, given the dramatic failure of their Virgin Trains East Coast operation after just three years.

Thanks to all 907 people who have so far pledged support on Crowd Justice. Together we have already had a huge impact on events. Please continue to join this historic action.

Pledge and share our case page today:

Our Lawyers’ Letters

5 March 2018: Leigh Day to Department for Transport
16 April 2018: Leigh Day to Department for Transport (Pre-Action Protocol)
15 May 2018: Leigh Day to Government Legal Department
1 June 2018: Leigh Day to Government Legal Department
17 July 2018: Leigh Day to Government Legal Department
21 May 2019: Leigh Day to Government Legal Department
26 June 2019: Leigh Day to Government Legal Department

Our Case in the News

18 April 2018: The Canary (Interview with Ellie Harrison of Bring Back British Rail)
19 April 2018: BBC News
19 April 2018: ITV News
19 April 2018: City AM
16 May 2018: Financial Times

Help us take Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to court!

17th April 2018 | Fundraising / News

Pledge to help us make East Coast public

We need your support to bring Chris Grayling to court. We can’t do this without you. Please pledge and share today:

Enough is enough! Our East Coast mainline was a brilliant success in public-ownership and should never have been re-privatised in 2015. Now it has failed for the third time at the hands of private operators: GNER in 2007, National Express in 2009 and now Virgin Trains East Coast in 2018.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has admitted that Virgin Trains East Coast “got its numbers wrong” and breached “a key financial covenant” in their franchise agreement. Yet, he is allowing its owners – Stagecoach and Virgin – to walk away and continue running and bidding for other rail franchises. We can’t let them get away with this.

We’re now working with public law experts Leigh Day to bring Chris Grayling to court to account for these decisions. We expect this to be a landmark Judicial Review case; exposing the farce of rail franchising for the shameful waste of public money that it is, and paving the way to a re-unified national rail network run in the public’s interest once again.

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Commemorating 70 years since Nationalisation

29th March 2018 | Merchandise / News

Embroidered Patch

New Embroidered Patches available for 2018!

2018 year is bittersweet. We’re commemorating 70 years since our railways were unified and nationalised as ‘British Railways‘, as well commiserating 25 years since the disastrous 1993 Railways Act, which paved the way to the fragmented mess of privatisation that we have now.

These contrasting anniversaries show that times can, and do, change. In the last nine years since our campaign was founded in July 2009, we have been central in transforming the national debate, taking the re-nationalisation of our railways from a taboo topic to mainstream policy. Now we’re sure it’s only a matter of time until we realise our dream.