13 July 2011: It’s an exciting day here as we launch our brand new petition and month of action at key commuter stations.
With the government currently reviewing its policy on rail fares, and inflation running high, now is a key moment to show just how many people oppose their plans to hike fares by 28% over the next three years. So we’ve launched a brand new petition to pressure on the government and get them to rethink their punitive fare hikes. Please sign the petition now, and make sure you pass it on to all your friends, family, colleagues and fellow commuters! We’ve revamped the Fair Fares Now website as well recently, so have a look around and tell us what you think.
We’re also planning to make decision-makers sit up and take notice with a wave of protests this summer, as hundreds of volunteers will be out in force at over 40 stations across the country. They’ll be waving banners, collecting petition signatures and making sure that everyone is aware of the strength of feeling against these unfair fare hikes. In some places, the local MP will be coming along to the events to hear first-hand from passengers struggling with soaring costs. I’ll be posting a map soon so you can find out what’s happening in your area – in the meantime, make sure to let us know if you’d like to get involved at your station. And a huge thank you to all the volunteers who are making this possible!
Finally, we’ve been kicking up a bit of a fuss in the media today, since we’ve learned that – despite all we hear about rising fuel prices – it’s still twice as expensive for Transport Secretary Philip Hammond to get the train than zoom around in his Jaguar. Obviously, most of us don’t have that luxury – and many of us would far prefer to take the train, if only it weren’t so expensive. It’s scandalous that the government is cutting fuel duty for drivers on the one hand while hitting train travellers with unprecedented fare hikes on the other.
If you think so too, don’t forget to sign the petition – and keep your eyes peeled for Fair Fares Now campaigners coming to a station near you!