Our History

The Association of British Commuters was founded in 2016 by a grassroots collective of passengers fighting for justice during the ‘Southern Rail Crisis’. Together, we raised over £50,000 to take the government to court for failing to enforce the Govia Thameslink Railway contract, securing a £12.4 million fine of the company a year later.

We’ve provided a radical voice and watchdog for commuters ever since; seeking fundamental changes to government transport policy that put the passenger first, instead of the interests of private companies. We also campaign on issues of equality and justice in public transport, including passenger rights, transport poverty, equality of access and public ownership.

Our ultimate goal is for the radical reform of the entire public transport system – to support economic, social and climate justice in every part of the UK.

Our Funding

From 2016 to 2021 we received a total of £79,000 funding – including £56,000 in passenger donations and £23,000 in grants from the Foundation for Integrated Transport.

£50,000 of this amount was spent on our 2017 court case against the Department for Transport, and the remaining £29,000 has funded our campaigns and investigations in other areas of transport justice.

The Association of British Commuters operates on a fully independent and voluntary basis.