Action for Rail: Stoke & Stafford,19th August

15 08 2014

On 19th August campaigners will be protesting at stations across the UK, including Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford, calling for fair fares  and a publicly owned railway.

As explained on the Action for Rail website at http://actionforrail.org/fair-fares-day-of-action-for-public-ownership-august-19/:

“In Europe, publicly owned railways have lower fares, are more efficient, and profits are reinvested back into the service. Publicly owned East Coast Main Line is a success story, and in 2013/14 returned £216m to the UK Treasury; since 2009, East Coast has returned over £1bn to the UK Treasury.

For privatised rail services, it’s a different picture. We have the highest fares in Europe with profits extracted to pay shareholder dividends. In 2012/13 Northern Rail, Transpennine Express and Virgin alone paid almost £100m in dividends to shareholders after receiving over £1bn in public subsidy. Evidence shows that about £1.2bn per year is wasted due to privatisation, and if saved, this could fund an 18% cut in fares.

Join us at stations around the country on 19 August to call for fair fares and public ownership of our railways.”

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