20 August 2014
Members of Wyre Forest Green Party handed out hundreds of leaflets outside of Kidderminster Station on August 19 in conjunction with a national campaign for fair rail fares and a return to the public ownership of our railways.
The day of action, part of a 60 station nationwide campaign organised by Action for Rail, coincided with the government’s announcement of fare increases to take effect in the new year. Since 2008, fares have risen four times faster than average wages and they are already some of the highest in Europe.
Above: Wyre Forest Green Party members, Phil Oliver, Mart Layton and Natalie McVey call for fair rail fares and a return to the public ownership of our railways.
Wyre Forest Green Party member, Natalie McVey said, “Privatised rail wastes more than £1billion of taxpayers' money every year. In Europe, publicly owned railways have lower fares and are more efficient. Their profits are reinvested back into the service. By doing the same here in the UK, we can provide a real alternative for those wanting to leave their car at home.”
"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."
The Green Party is committed to serious investment in the public transport infrastructure. Its transport policy recognizes that the rail system, including track and operators, needs to be brought back into public ownership.
Please support our local campaign for lower fares and public ownership of our railways, which is part of a national movement for a better and fairer rail system.
For more information on the local campaign, please contact Ronnie Lee on 07703558724 or email email@example.com