30 December 2011: If today’s news of a massive European fares divide has left you irate, make sure you help spread the word about the Jan 3rd ‘text, tweet and call’ protest. We have known for years that commuters to our capital pay over the odds, so we sampled fares to five major European capitals from commuter belt towns to find out just how much our European neighbours pay. We were shocked to discover the scale of the gap. The UK ticket cost three and a half times more than the most expensive European one, and almost ten times (9.7) more than the cheapest one.
It is time commuter outrage was harnessed, and used to put political pressure on decision makers. That is why Campaign for Better Transport is taking part in a day of commuter action on January 3 when people will be tweeting, texting or calling George Osbourn to show their anger at fare rises. Full details will be announced on the morning of the protest to make sure we have a concentrated day of action, rather than a trickle. However we need lots of help to spread the word in advance. Please tell your friends and colleagues , post of facebook, or send a tweet using #farefail. To take part go to www.farefail.org.