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‘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".
The UK rail industry is failing disabled people: Dr Hannah Barham-Brown on BBC Breakfast
BBC Breakfast

The UK rail industry is failing disabled people: Dr Hannah Barham-Brown on BBC Breakfast

Dr Hannah Barham-Brown appears on BBC Breakfast on 31st December 2019, commenting on the government and rail industry's failure to meet the end of year deadline for Rail Vehicle Accessibility Regulations (RVAR).
Tom Haines-Doran argues for public ownership of rail and buses
LBC

Tom Haines-Doran argues for public ownership of rail and buses

Tom Haines-Doran is a Researh Fellow specialising in transport systems at the University of Leeds. This is his full interview from Clive Bull's evening show on LBC, 28th Dec 2019, responding to the release of a new report that recommends concession-style models as well as retaining the competitive aspects of franchising.
South Western Railway: passengers fight back on compensation
Association of British Commuters

South Western Railway: passengers fight back on compensation

Season ticket holders are currently being denied compensation by SWR, despite the fact that its majority owner FirstGroup has been in negotiations with the Department for Transport for ‘strike amelioration’ compensation all year
“The South Western rail strikes have escalated way out of control”
BBC Surrey

“The South Western rail strikes have escalated way out of control”

Emily Yates (ABC) speaks to Mike Buxton on BBC Surrey Drive, 3rd Dec 2019.
Government forced to release Steer report on disabled access and driver only operation
Association of British Commuters

Government forced to release Steer report on disabled access and driver only operation

In a major victory for our campaign, the government has just been forced to release the controversial Steer report on driver only operation (DOO) and disabled access.