The Association of British Commuters is a grassroots campaign for justice and equality in public transport, founded in 2016. Our ultimate goal is the radical reform of the entire public transport system – to support social, economic and climate justice in every part of the UK.
We believe that transport is a human right, vital to accessing every other public service and opportunity. Transport justice means ensuring the right to affordable, accessible and reliable transport for every UK citizen; regardless of location, income level or disability.
In an era of rapid climate change and increasing transport inequality, public control and ownership are key to ‘levelling up’ and creating an affordable , fair and integrated public transport system.
- Transparency and accountability
UK public transport is highly unaccountable; due to the involvement of private operators, as well as the culture at the Department for Transport. Our legal actions and investigations have led to a £12.4 million fine of Govia Thameslink Railway, and influenced dozens of Parliamentary inquiries and questions.
- Passenger rights
Our campaigns for passenger rights include consumer rights, rail accessibility and the public control of buses. We’ve succeeded in blocking unfair fares policies and unethical behaviour from train companies on many occasions, and continue the pursuit of radical fare reductions across public transport.
- Transport Poverty
Rail and bus fares in the UK are increasingly unaffordable, excluding millions of people from accessing public services. Over the last ten years, the effect of privatisation and austerity has led to thousands of bus cuts, with a huge impact on people living in rural and economically disadvantaged areas. We believe this can only be solved by a statutory right to transport, plus significant investment in bus and rail services to bring down fares.
- Public control and ownership
Over two thirds of the UK population want to see the railway brought into public ownership; which could bring back over £1 billion to the taxpayer every year. The public ownership of buses could bring back over £500 million per year; restoring the thousands of bus cuts made since 2010, which are excluding millions of people from access to public services.
Only radical reform under public ownership will allow us to achieve transport justice and equality, and ensure the ambitious policies needed in the era of climate change.