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To: Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport
Enough of paying more but getting less: End the rail rip off
Support affordable fares and a publicly owned railway
Why is this important?
Rail fares are rising again in January 2017, but our services are often late, overcrowded and under-staffed. We've had enough of paying more but getting less!
Through our high fares and taxes, we're subsidising company profits and shareholder dividends, rather than his money being reinvested to improve our services. In 2014-15 private train companies paid out £222m in dividends, a 21% increase on the previous year.
While fares are going up, there are fewer ticket offices and staff at stations to provide help, in addition there are plans to remove guards and extend driver only operated trains. We need a safe, punctual, accessible and properly staffed railway. We shouldn't have to keep paying for the failures of privatisation.
The railways make a valuable contribution to communities, the economy and environment. Rail campaigners are taking action at stations across the country on 3 January 2017 in support of affordable fares and public ownership.
Please take action – sign our petition to Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport, calling on him to support affordable fares and a publicly owned railway that puts people before profits.