9 January 2012: A week of protest has captured popular imagination with thousands of people taking part.
Thank you to everyone who helped to make last week’s #FareFail action a success. The media profile has been amazing. The campaign featured in nearly every national newspaper and loads of regional ones, including a letter in the Evening Standard. We appeared on every major news programme including BBC News, ITV Daybreak, Channel 4 and Sky News. On bank holiday Monday morning we were interviewed for 20 local radio stations. We even starred on Mexican TV!
Thousands of people took part in the ‘text, tweet or call the Treasury’ action. On the 3rd January so many people sent tweets to the Treasury the hash tag #farefail trended in London. The week was brought to a fitting end on Thursday by environmental campaign group Climate Rush, who staged a tea party protest in Charring Cross.
The New Year brings new challenges as well as opportunities. We were really pleased that the Telegraph reported that Ministers are ready to review plans for inflation plus 3% rises in 2013 and 2014. This positive sign makes it all the more important to keep the pressure up on the Government to put end to above inflation fare rises year after year.
The fares review is set to start soon, which we hope will create the space for a proper debate on our complicated and overpriced fares. Passenger concerns and interests must be at the heart of the fares review, and we hope that this week of noisy campaigning has helped rail users find their voice.