News

Huw Merriman calls on the rail industry to give full refunds on season tickets
BBC South East

Huw Merriman calls on the rail industry to give full refunds on season tickets

A major breakthrough for our campaign as the Chair of the Transport Select Committee publicly backed our demand for full, pro-rata refunds on all season tickets.
The Season Ticket Refund Rip-Off – Radio Four’s ‘You And Yours’
BBC Radio Four

The Season Ticket Refund Rip-Off – Radio Four’s ‘You And Yours’

Emily Yates (ABC) called for pro-rata refunds and ticket suspensions on BBC Radio Four. The Rail Delivery Group was asked to respond to our complaint over the industry's partial refund policy.
Tens of thousands of commuters refunded season tickets
Telegraph

Tens of thousands of commuters refunded season tickets

"The Association of British Commuters said travellers have been confused and misled by the Government and that rail firms are still applying the same rules to season ticket refunds as they have done since the crisis began."
Can I get a refund on train tickets?
iNews

Can I get a refund on train tickets?

"The Association of British Commuters has argued customers should be given a full refund on their tickets, regardless of ticket type."
The £5 billion bus investment should prioritise public control
Talk Radio

The £5 billion bus investment should prioritise public control

Talk Radio discussion of the announcement of a £5 billion investment in buses. Emily Yates (ABC) argues that Boris Johnson should use the government's £5 billion buses investment to prioritise bus regulation/public control.
‘Southern Rail must be nationalised’ – Livid travellers react to off-peak Brighton to Victoria train axing
The Argus

‘Southern Rail must be nationalised’ – Livid travellers react to off-peak Brighton to Victoria train axing

“GTR is unique in the UK for having different ‘brands’ – all facilitating what we believe to be fake ‘competition’ within a single, government backed monopoly."
Stagecoach vs the DfT: will their high court battle lead to the total collapse of franchising?
Association of British Commuters

Stagecoach vs the DfT: will their high court battle lead to the total collapse of franchising?

The rail franchising model is clearly in its death throes and we need to be more on guard than ever against the influence these toxic contractual relationships might be having in the writing of new legislation.
Better Buses in Greater Manchester could help us fight injustice across the UK
Association of British Commuters

Better Buses in Greater Manchester could help us fight injustice across the UK

In our submission to the Greater Manchester consultation, we have strongly supported Andy Burnham’s plans for a regulated bus network, which will be the start of meaningful change to the GM economy, society and environment.
Channel 4 Report on Northern – Grant Shapps’ comments and the Northern Resist protest
Channel Four

Channel 4 Report on Northern – Grant Shapps’ comments and the Northern Resist protest

News report featuring protests in Bolton and London, in collaboration with Northern Resist, Bring Back British Rail, Association of British Commuters, Nor4Nor and the RMT union.
It’s time to declare a National Crisis in public transport!
BBC London

It’s time to declare a National Crisis in public transport!

Emily Yates (ABC) argues for the declaration of a national crisis over rail fare rises, the failure of the Williams Rail Review to consult or engage the public, and a declaration of 'no faith' in the rail industry's plans.
Rail industry and government under attack over ‘outrageous’ access exemptions
Disability News Service

Rail industry and government under attack over ‘outrageous’ access exemptions

The Association of British Commuters said the exemptions had to be seen in the context of the government’s “regressive approach towards rights and regulations” and that DfT was letting many companies “off the hook” with its exemptions.
Campaigners demand action in King’s Lynn rail fare protest
Lynn News

Campaigners demand action in King’s Lynn rail fare protest

The Association for British Commuters has called for a “serious discussion” to take place on the question of bringing the network back into public hands, claiming an ongoing review of the industry is too narrowly focused.
No More Rail Reviews: It’s time to declare a National Crisis in Public Transport
Association of British Commuters

No More Rail Reviews: It’s time to declare a National Crisis in Public Transport

At a time when rail francising is quite clearly collapsing, today’s 2.7% fare rise is an outrage. It’s another sign that the government and industry will continue to treat us like a captive market...
South Western Railway commuters hit by rail strike farce as trains axed because staff off so long they need retraining
Evening Standard

South Western Railway commuters hit by rail strike farce as trains axed because staff off so long they need retraining

Emily Yates, co-founder of the Association of British Commuters, said: “It feels like Groundhog Day, to be honest, it’s a complete charade.
Commuters gather at Bolton station in protest over increased rail fares
The Guardian

Commuters gather at Bolton station in protest over increased rail fares

The campaigners are demanding that Northern, or any new operator that takes over if it loses the franchise, “cancel today’s fare increase to reflect the dire service”.
Rail fares rise by 2.7%, hitting millions of commuters
BBC News

Rail fares rise by 2.7%, hitting millions of commuters

"Every year, we ask for a fares freeze, the government says no, and the rail industry defends the decision," said Emily Yates from the Association of British Commuters. She said the annual rises feel like "Groundhog Day" and a "complete charade".