from Action For Rail
Action for Rail, the Fair Fares Now campaign, Bring Back British Rail and Climate Rush will joining together on a demo and national day of action to protest against massive hikes in rail fares and cuts to railway staff and services.
On 14 August, the RPI inflation figure for July will be announced, which will be used to set the rise in regulated train fares for next year. The government has indicated that regulated fares will be increased by 3% above RPI in January 2013 and again in January 2014. With the “flex” allowed to individual rail companies, this could mean some passengers paying 11% more from next year.
At the same time, the government’s Rail Command Paper sets the agenda for train operating companies to shed thousands of station staff, guards, catering staff and booking offices in order to slash costs.
Passengers are being asked to pay more to get less.
So far there are details of protests in Scotland, North-West, Midlands and London and the South East.
These include Edinburgh Waverley: 07:00 – 09:00, Glasgow Central: 07:00 – 09:00, Liverpool Lime Street 16:30 – 18:00,Manchester Piccadilly 07:00 – 09:00, Birmingham New Street and Snow Hill, 7.30am -9.30am and 4-6pm, Euston and Kings Cross from 7.30am and Waterloo from 8.30am.
For a full list of Tuesday’s protest go to Action For Rail