3 January 2012: So far over a thousand tweets have been sent in protest against government fare hikes. If you haven’t already take part now.
As dawn broke on a rather wet and chilly first day back at work, passengers at St Pancras station were greeted by a very special brass band dressed as fat controllers and a huge banner, proclaiming the details of today’s social media passenger protest. Flyers have been handed out in London, and at stations across the country, and twitter has been awash with protest tweets using the #farefail hash tag. This morning the protest ‘trended’ in London and media coverage on radio, TV and in the papers has helped raise the profile of the campaign. This evening a letter in the Evening Standard with 23 signatories, from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall to the British Youth Council, makes the case against fare rises. After all, we already have the most expensive train fares in Europe.
The feedback we have had from the public has been crystal clear; people are angry and worried about year after year of fare hikes. It’s time the Government woke up to the fact that unaffordable rail fares help no one.