Green Party campaigners protest outside Norwich train station over rail fare rise

Green Party campaigners protest outside Norwich train station over rail fare rise; Photo credit: Donna-Louise Bishop. Green Party campaigners protest outside Norwich train station over rail fare rise; Photo credit: Donna-Louise Bishop.

Thursday, January 2, 2014
11:24 AM

A group of campaigners protesting over the new year rail fare rises gathered outside Norwich train station this morning.

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Rail fares have risen today by an average of 3pc, with a rise of 3.1pc across First Capital Connect and 4pc across the Greater Anglia network.

But members of the Norwich Green Party, who gathered at Norwich train station from 7.30am this morning, said the rise was too steep and have demanded that rail fares be reduced to an affordable level in line with wages.

They also called for public ownership of the railways and cuts to carbon emissions through more rail travel.

It comes before the second reading of a Private Member’s Bill - put forward by Green MP Caroline Lucas - which takes place on February 28, urging that England’s railway system be gradually brought back into public hands.

The bill claims that public ownership of the railways could save the Treasury more than £1bn a year and deliver improved services and lower rail fares for passengers.

Campaigners were also handing out leaflets at this morning’s protest, asking passengers what they thought about the fare increases. They were urged to tell their MP what they thought by visiting www.theyworkforyou.com.

Rupert Read, from the Green Party, said: “The rising price of tickets again outstrips rises in wages. Many travellers will pay more under George Osborne’s flex-system where companies increase some fares while reducing others.

“A joined-up railway network is essential to a truly integrated transport system for the common good, instead of for shareholders with passengers footing the bill.”

The Eastern Region Green Party is also protesting at other major stations across the East Anglia region today including Chelmsford, Colchester, At Albans, Luton, Peterborough, Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds and Bedford.

19 comments

  • ".....Why were the "Green Party campaigners"not back at work....." . More to the point John , why don't you stop loitering on this forum all day and do some useful work instead.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • what a bunch of clowns, all public sector does is cost the tax payer millions as everybody gets slap happy and doesn't care. Things are far better in private hands, i can remember all sorts of rubbish in the 1970's it was appalling.

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    Sweet cheeks

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • These are private companies not public sector and they are pricing us out of public transport while simultaneously hoovering up subsidies. It is happening with all modes of transport. If I and my child go into Norwich on the bus it costs way way more than it would to take the car, petrol, parking. Ditto railway to London. So what do we do? Use the car. Is that good for the environment? You bet any cheeks you've got it isn't. So now tell me why these people are clowns?

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    alecto

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • The rise has already happened so its abit late to start moaning, yes transport has gone up but that's a fact of life so has petrol and heating oil and Labour did there best to help with that.

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    Sweet cheeks

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Cheeks it's me and you against the world. Smile at the ......ers and pretend you like them.

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    PaulH

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Sweat Cheeks or what ever sad different psuedonym you like to choose on a daily basis. So the Government subsidies the railways so private and foreign companies can profit? Genius. You're so stupid you cant see that people of this country have been mugged off for the past thirty years, with successive governments selling off everything apart from the kitchen sink. I cant wait until the NHS finally gets privatised so you can belittle people who cant afford healthcare like the true e-warrior that you are. As for moving closer to my job, perhaps you should try working for a living rather than trolling for one on this site with your Bullingdon wannabee bumchum Paul-H (from Steps). C u next time.

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    Greg F

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • You're such a sad, one dimensional character that you automatically assume that someone who has the audacity to question your rants is a paid up Labour supporter. In really is a case of black and white for you, isn't it John? I'll let you have the last word as usual (with whichever of the multiple personalities you care to choose). Happy new year.

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    Greg F

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • The NHS is not being privatised? Utter rubbish. Serco already run several areas at the N&NUH and Hinchingbrooke is completely run by Circle. It will only a matter of time before we have to pay for private healthcare - despite what the lying toads at Westminster tell us - as profit driven private companies will not run at a loss. Instead of persisting with your sad little campaign of misinformation and second rate internet trolling, why don't you slink back to your bunker and chew on the cyanide capsule you've been saving for the day when Britain joins the Euro.

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    Greg F

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Considering the Railways have been privatised what did you expect, and why should the tax payer bail the shareholders out

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    Derek McDonald

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Sweet cheeks I love, you keep it up.They all live in the Golden Shower Triangle you know.Teachers go back tomorrow after their break

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    PaulH

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • "...Sweet cheeks I love you , keep it up....". As you are almost certainly the same person that should not surprise anyone.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • I'm no fan of the Green Party but Sweet Cheeks aren't you aware that the tax payer still pays millions into the private railway system? It's a scandal how much prices have gone up.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Larson you managed to survive Christmas then? You are one lucky Turkey

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    Sweet cheeks

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • PaulH I'm I'm I'm speechless

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    Sweet cheeks

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Sweet Cheeks, you haven't got a clue. A large number of the private rail operators in this country are run by the state owned German, Dutch and French rail companies (DB, NS and SNCF). So our ludicrously high rail fares are helping to subsidise their national industries - as well as pay shareholders dividends and keep their executives in massive pay packets. Commuters in this country get screwed compared to our neighbours in the EU, both in terms of cost and service. Anyone who doesn't recognise this either hasn't traveled abroad or is an utter cretin.

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    Greg F

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Have an early night John , your desperate wind up attempts are getting more and more deranged.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Paul H, most of them really believe we should be a socialist state and everything should be free, they believe that the wealthy should pay for everything and every lazy person should get benefits. I have to smile with some of the comments they put on here, thank goodness they have no say in what goes on.

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    Sweet cheeks

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Why were the "Green Party campaigners"not back at work, or are they all council non jobbers ?

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    "V"

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Better public trasnport provisions in Norwich and Norfolk need more than six people to campaing for. When will Norfolk Green party start campaigning for cross party support on a tram system that utilises the existing local rail network? It is Green Party policy to re-nationalise the rail network, but their compliant silence on how they would go about it puts their protest into the right context.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

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