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Ministers’ plans on ‘toxic’ impact of driver-only trains fall way short, says DPTAC
Disability News Service

Ministers’ plans on ‘toxic’ impact of driver-only trains fall way short, says DPTAC

A letter from the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC), obtained by the Association of British Commuters (ABC) through a freedom of information request, has revealed DPTAC’s deep concerns about how the government’s rail policies will affect disabled passengers.
RMT demands Government put accessible and safe railways first and stop colluding with the rail industry
Disability Rights UK

RMT demands Government put accessible and safe railways first and stop colluding with the rail industry

Disability Rights UK fully supports the call to the new Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to make full accessibility on the railways his priority. We are appalled that the Government has apparently been colluding with some train companies on introducing driver only operated trains thus making it impossible for some disabled people to travel. It’s time to back the rights of disabled people.
Exposed AGAIN! Disabled access cover up at the Department for Transport
Association of British Commuters

Exposed AGAIN! Disabled access cover up at the Department for Transport

The latest documents show that since April this year, DPTAC has been in open rebellion against the DfT due to a ‘wholly inadequate’ piece of research: ‘Effects of modes of train operation on passengers with disabilities’ by the consultants Steer.
“The industrial dispute is the fault of the government and private rail industry”
BBC Radio London

“The industrial dispute is the fault of the government and private rail industry”

ABC co-founder Emily Yates discusses the industrial dispute with BBC London's Jason Rosam. On the day that South Western Railway strikes resumed, Emily explains why she thinks the industrial dispute will inevitably end in "an expensive Equality Act legal case against the government".
No justice and no responsibility: exposing the truth about Govia Thameslink Railway
Association of British Commuters

No justice and no responsibility: exposing the truth about Govia Thameslink Railway

Following our blog post last Thursday, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has confirmed GTR’s £5 million fine for its breach of licence relating to passenger information during last year’s timetable crisis.
Five reasons why justice HAS NOT been done on Govia Thameslink Railway
Association of British Commuters

Five reasons why justice HAS NOT been done on Govia Thameslink Railway

This blog explains the problems we’ve encountered with transparency and accountability in the UK rail system and will form part of our submission to the Williams Rail Review.
Jeremy Corbyn Pledges To Reverse Cutbacks To Thousands Of Bus Routes
Huffington Post

Jeremy Corbyn Pledges To Reverse Cutbacks To Thousands Of Bus Routes

"Investment on this scale would lead to long-term social and economic benefits for the whole of the UK; paying dividends in terms of public health, social inclusion and transport poverty.”
Jeremy Corbyn announces £1.3bn a year funding pledge to reverse cuts to bus routes
Politics Home

Jeremy Corbyn announces £1.3bn a year funding pledge to reverse cuts to bus routes

Emily Yates, co-founder of the Association of British Commuters, said: "Public transport needs rebuilding from the ground up, and this means prioritising buses.
The Fight For Greater Manchester’s Buses: Full Documentary
Association of British Commuters

The Fight For Greater Manchester’s Buses: Full Documentary

‘The Fight for Greater Manchester’s Buses’ is the first in a series of documentaries addressing the social injustices of Britain’s public transport system.
Greater Manchester Premiere of Fight For Our Buses Documentary
Salford Star

Greater Manchester Premiere of Fight For Our Buses Documentary

The documentary argues that Greater Manchester's bus network has shrunk by about 10% in the last five years and that "it's time to say goodbye to the 'free market wild west'". It quotes campaigners and commuters...
Keep The Guard on the Train protest – International Women’s Day 2019
Association of British Commuters

Keep The Guard on the Train protest – International Women’s Day 2019

ABC's International Women's Day protest was led by Beth Granter of Care2, who submitted a 90,000-strong petition to 'Keep The Guard On The Train' to the Department for Transport. Special guests at the event included disabled access expert Ann Bates OBE, and the President of the RMT union, Michelle Rodgers.
Southeastern and South Western to defend a £100 million compensation claim
BBC News

Southeastern and South Western to defend a £100 million compensation claim

"I think we could see the floodgates open. And all the bad practices that have been allowed to continue over the years - I think ultimately we'll see a lot of those in court, this year." Emily Yates comments on new £100 million class action, BBC South East.
Watchdogs’ comments boost hopes for rail access improvements
Disability News Service

Watchdogs’ comments boost hopes for rail access improvements

Ann Bates, a leading transport access consultant and former rail chair of DPTAC, said the comments by EHRC and ORR followed years of campaigning by her and others, including the Association of British Commuters, on the risks posed by DOO.
Brighton Main Line commuters facing nine days of disruption
BBC News

Brighton Main Line commuters facing nine days of disruption

Summer Dean, from the Association of British Commuters, said it was unacceptable that season-ticket holders would be left "out of pocket". "They have paid a lot of money... and they're not going to be getting that service," she said.
Confirmed: The Williams Rail Review WILL consider public ownership
Association of British Commuters

Confirmed: The Williams Rail Review WILL consider public ownership

The Williams Review team have now confirmed that they will indeed be considering public ownership, and will take submissions from the public up until the end of May
Does the Williams Rail Review really intend to engage with passengers?
Association of British Commuters

Does the Williams Rail Review really intend to engage with passengers?

If the Williams Rail Review is indeed going to consider public ownership then this fact has not been advertised or made open in any way to the public.