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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.
The Williams Review: Rail Revolution or Government Whitewash?
Association of British Commuters

The Williams Review: Rail Revolution or Government Whitewash?

Our investigation so far: it is still unclear whether the Williams Rail Review will consider renationalisation
Rail users to mount ‘national day of action’ over 3.1% fare rise
Guardian

Rail users to mount ‘national day of action’ over 3.1% fare rise

The fare increase is due to be met with a “national day of action” at dozens of railway stations, after groups of disgruntled commuters came together on social media to organise protests under the banner #RailRevolution.
Furious passengers protest price hikes of up to £150 a year from TODAY
Daily Mail

Furious passengers protest price hikes of up to £150 a year from TODAY

Protesters chanted: 'Cut the fares not the jobs', and sang a tune about Mr Grayling.
Disgruntled rail commuters protest against rail fare rise
The London Economic

Disgruntled rail commuters protest against rail fare rise

Leading the protest was Summer Dean from the Association of British Commuters. She said: “Fares have gone up by 3.1 per cent, that’s following major disruption we have seen across the country."
‘Rail Revolution’ Protests at stations nationwide against huge fare price hike
Daily Star

‘Rail Revolution’ Protests at stations nationwide against huge fare price hike

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn made a “surprise visit” to the demo in London, the Association of British Commuters announced on Twitter.
Southern and Thameslink passengers feeling shortchanged over new cash machine charges
ITV

Southern and Thameslink passengers feeling shortchanged over new cash machine charges

Passenger group The Association of British Commuters believes the adoption of a fee 'disproportionately affects people on low income and those who live in rural areas'.
Parliamentary briefing paper features ABC’s exposé of the RDG report
House of Commons library

Parliamentary briefing paper features ABC’s exposé of the RDG report

The Parliamentary research briefing 'Access to transport for disabled people' featured three pages on the significance of the buried Rail Delivery Group report 'On Track for 2020', pages 19-22
Exposing the truth about GTR’s bailout – the ABC court transcript
Association of British Commuters

Exposing the truth about GTR’s bailout – the ABC court transcript

The Judge ordered the DfT to produce the force majeure determinations within two weeks or go forward to a Judicial Review.
Government repeatedly ignores its own advisers on ‘toxic’ train access
Disability News Service

Government repeatedly ignores its own advisers on ‘toxic’ train access

DPTAC’s warnings have only emerged because of documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act by the rail users’ campaign group The Association of British Commuters.
The DfT was warned long ago about the dangers of driver-only operation – why did it not act?
Morning Star

The DfT was warned long ago about the dangers of driver-only operation – why did it not act?

Why did the Department for Transport not publish this worrying advice when it was received in 2016? More critically, why did it not act in accordance with it?
Exposed: Disabled access cover up at the Department for Transport
Association of British Commuters

Exposed: Disabled access cover up at the Department for Transport

Our latest set of FOI requests has exposed years of controversy within the Dept for Transport. DPTAC has been protesting the roll out of DOO since April 2016, calling it ‘toxic’ and ‘illegal’.
Rail row as passengers kicked out of first class by Govia Thameslink boss
The Times

Rail row as passengers kicked out of first class by Govia Thameslink boss

Emily Yates, of ABC, said: “It is the mark of this company that when everyone else is worried about safety and overcrowding they seem to just be focused on revenue decisions.”
Govia Thameslink Railway boss quits over timetable fiasco
Guardian

Govia Thameslink Railway boss quits over timetable fiasco

Emily Yates said Horton’s resignation was overdue, given years of trouble on Southern before the current crisis: “He should have been sacked a long time ago – along with the transport secretary.”
Fury as train delays and cancellations in UK enter second week
Guardian

Fury as train delays and cancellations in UK enter second week

ABC has accused Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) of not being transparent, after a leaked memo to train staff warned on Friday of widespread cancellations, a day before commuters were informed.