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:
|Andover||5pm – 8pm|
|Ayr||7am – 8am|
|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!