Berwick protest at new year rise in rail prices

Action for Rail campaigners were outside Berwick railway station on Monday morning protesting about the latest ticket price increases
Action for Rail campaigners were outside Berwick railway station on Monday morning protesting about the latest ticket price increases

Berwickshire’s ‘granarchists’ started 2016 as they mean to go on - fighting unfairness - and their first cause of the year was rail fares.

Last year the intrepid group of retired ladies protested at the austerity measures being forced on the Greek people by the EU and Chancellor George Osborne’s budget cuts.

This week commuters were greeted at Berwick Railway Station by two of the ladies who joined Action for Rail protestors handing out prepaid cards for passengers to send to their MPs objecting to this week’s ticket price rises and the poor state of the railways.

“This is the smallest increase in recent years, but it adds up to a massive 25% increase in fares since 2010, with fares rising three times faster than wages,” said Kate Duncan.

“It’s madness that our railways make huge profits for German and Dutch railways, money they siphon off to subsidise their domestic operations. It’s about time we had a British state rail run in our interests.”

Lorne Anton, of Action For Rail and a former signal man, said: “Many travellers are fed up with years of failed privatisation and want the railways taken back into public ownership.”

Join the fare increase protest actiononline at www.actionforrail.org.uk