Sign the Petition to Keep East Coast Public
This Friday 18 October, Bring Back British Rail is joining forces with our friends at We Own It and Action For Rail, to present our petition to keep the East Coast mainline in public ownership to the UK Parliament in Westminster.
There are now more than 21,000 signatures on the petition. Please make sure you also add your name this week and share the link with all your friends and colleagues: http://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/keepeastcoastpublic
If you’re in London, please join us this Friday 18 October at our rally for East Coast in Old Palace Yard, Westminster with speeches from Caroline Lucas MP (Green) and Lillian Greenwood MP (Labour) in favour of the public ownership of our railways.
Rally and Petition Hand-in
Friday 18 October 2013
9:30 – 10:30 (10:00am photocall)
Old Palace Yard
If you’re in Edinburgh, please join Sheila Gilmore MP (Labour) for a Keep East Coast Public event outside Edinburgh Waverley Station on Princess Street from 11.30 – 13:00.
In November 2009 the East Coast mainline was re-nationalised when National Express abruptly handed back the keys, after they realised it wasn’t the cash cow they had hoped.
Now in public ownership, East Coast is thriving – it receives the lowest subsidy of any of the train operators and returns up to £800m in profit to the taxpayer each year.
East Coast is the rare success story of this disastrous franchise system. In public ownership it has brought us that one step closer to our dream of bringing back British Rail. The Keep East Coast Public campaign is vital for ensuring it is not re-privatised.
Ellie Harrison of Bring Back British Rail said: No wonder this Coalition is so desperate to re-privatise the East Coast mainline. Because, as it continues to offer the best service for passengers and the best value for taxpayers in public ownership, it is the living proof for our argument – that services as essential as our railways should always only be publicly owned and controlled.
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