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Action for rail

The TUC is committed to the development of integrated transport, to promoting a greater role for public transport, and to ensuring that future development is sustainable.

Action for Rail is a campaign involving the TUC, and its affiliated unions with members working on the railways – ASLEF, RMT, TSSA and Unite. Its aim is to work with passenger groups, rail campaigners and environmentalists to campaign against cuts to rail services and staffing and to promote the case for integrated, national rail under public ownership. www.actionforrail.org


The taxpayer is footing the bill for private train companies who then pay out millions of pounds to shareholders, says the TUC in response to today’s (Monday) report by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR). The ORR report shows that the government / taxpayer continues to be a net funder...
16 February 2015
As many people prepare for their first day back to work after the Christmas break, rail campaigners are today (Friday) warning that commuters on the UK’s privatised railways could be spending more than twice as much of their salary on rail travel than passengers on publicly-owned railways in France, Germany,...
02 January 2015
Responding to the announcement today (Thursday) that the East Coast mainline franchise has been awarded to Virgin and Stagecoach – and will now be returned to the private sector – TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The government’s rush to sell off the East Coast mainline before the election is...
27 November 2014
On November 11th 2014, the TUC’s Assistant General Secretary, Paul Nowak and Midlands TUC Regional Secretary, Lee Barron joined UCATT Acting Regional Secretary Shaun Lee, UCATT members and Organisers along with company representatives to visit the Nottingham Tram Project.
14 November 2014
The amount of time that commuters spend travelling to and from work has increased substantially over the past five years, according to a TUC analysis of official figures published today (Friday). The figures – published to mark the end of Commute Smart Week organised by Work Wise UK – show...
14 November 2014
The amount of time that commuters spend travelling to and from work has increased substantially over the past five years, according to a TUC analysis of official figures published today (Friday). The figures – published to mark the end of Commute Smart Week organised by Work Wise UK – show...
14 November 2014
A key decision has been made to take bus services in Tyne and Wear back under council control could herald a revolution in the improvement of passenger services across the UK. The North East Combined Authority, made up of representatives of 7 local councils, agreed to introduce a Quality Contracts...
28 October 2014
Commenting on today’s (Monday) announcement that the government is to sell off its 40 per cent stake in Eurostar, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Eurostar has thrived under public ownership, returning millions in profits each year to the Treasury. However, now it too has become a victim of the...
13 October 2014
Rail fares for season tickets and other regulated fares are set to go up by 3.6 per cent on average from January 2015, the TUC and rail unions warn today (Tuesday) as the Action for Rail campaign protests against fare rises and calls for public ownership of our railways at...
19 August 2014
Commenting on the inflation figures for July, published today (Tuesday), in which RPI inflation – the measure used to set season ticket rises and most pay settlements – rose by 2.5 per cent, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
19 August 2014

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