Railway protests March 27

50 years ago on March 27 the Beeching report was published, which led to the drastic slashing of railway lines. This Wednesday, March 27, protests are taking place at many railways stations all over the country about the planned reduction of railway services.

These protests are being organised by Action for Rail, a campaign co-ordinated by the TUC for a national integrated rail service under public ownership and an end to service and staff cuts, fare hikes and ticket office closures. The campaign is being supported by ASLEF, RMT, TSSA and Unite, the NUS, the FareFail campaign, the Alliance for Jobs and Climate, the ACT! Alliance and the Campaign against Climate Change and a number of other organisations.

A decent railway infrastructure is vital if we are going to do something about getting people off the roads and out of the air, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Incidentally the public money going into the railways has increased from around £2.4 billion per year before privatisation (in the period 1990/91 – 1994/95) to approximately £5.4 billion per year now (in the period 2006/6 – 2009/10), all at 2009/10 prices.


Actions and times are as shown:

Railway   Station Times
Andover 5pm – 8pm
Ayr 7am – 8am
Barnstaple 7am
Berwick 645 – 715
Beverley 750 – 835
Birmingham New Street 730 – 9
Birmingham Snow Hill 1600 – 1800
Bristol Temple Meads 730am – 9am
Bromley South 4.15pm – 5.15pm
Brough 750 – 850
Burscough Bridge 645 – 9
Cambridge 7.30am – 8.45am
Chelmsford 7am – 9am
Crewe 630 – 930
Derby 730am – 9am
Doncaster 730 – 930
Doncaster 730am – 930am
Ealing Broadway 530pm – 7pm
Edinburgh Haymarket 7am – 8am
Edinburgh Waverley 7am – 8am
Glasgow Queen Street 8am – 9.30am
Hull Paragon 9am – 10am
Lancaster 1600 – 1800
Liverpool Moorfields 7 – 930
London Victoria 8am – 930am
Lostock 7 – 930
Manchester Victoria 7am – 930am
Newcastle 8am – 10am
Northampton 630am – 830am
Norwich 7am – 9am
Nottingham 7am – 9am
Paddington 9am – 11am
Preston 7 – 930
Reading 7am – 9am
Scarborough 7am – 10am
Southport 730 – 900
Stourbridge 730 – 9
Wolverhampton 7am – 8am


A lot more protests are still being organised. Use this link to find the nearest event that is taking place.

Also, if you would like to cover any stations that are not on this list, please let Matt Dykes from the TUC know [MDykes@tuc.org.uk ; tel 0207 467 1245] and he will make sure your action is included on our list and that you get sent the right materials.

Many more actions are planned over the year so watch this space for updates!


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