Hounslow Green Party

Hounslow Green Party calls for railways to be brought into public hands as fares rise

2 January 2018

Hounslow Green Party is calling for railways to be brought back into public ownership as train fares go up.  Green party activists were at Brentford station on 2nd January, 2018 handing out leaflets in protest about the rail fare increase.  Rail fares rose by 3.4 per cent on 1st January, 2018.

Victoria protesting against rail fares

Victoria George, the Hounslow Green Party campaigns co-ordinator said:

“We’re facing the biggest rail fare jump in five years, while wages stay stagnant. Rail fares have risen twice as much as pay in the last eight years.  An Annual season ticket from Brentford to Waterloo now costs £1,320 a year, and some people simply can’t afford that.”

“Trains between Waterloo and Brentford are often crowded and commuters have to stand for part of the journey during the rush hour.  Shareholders made billions of pounds in profits last year, while passengers stood on platforms watching their services get delayed, disrupted and cancelled.”

“We need a publicly owned railway system, with cheap, accessible, reliable transport for all.”

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