A key part of our ECO-nomy campaign will be supporting the campaigns to re-nationalise the rail system and to oppose cuts to services and fare rises. You can read how this links to mitigating climate change on https://kirkleescampaignagainstclimatechange.wordpress.com/campaigns/
On Saturday 15th November (between roughly 9.30 am-11.30am) we will be doing a short campaigning rail tour to raise awareness of, and support opposition to the proposals outlined in the government consultation for the Northern and Transpennine rail franchises. We will be collecting RMT/ ASLEF postcards asking local MPs to support EDM 174 which condemns the proposals. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2014-15/174
The Government and ‘Rail North’ (an obscure coalition of Northern councils) have presented proposals for rail services in the north which will mean cuts to funding, fare rises and service and timetable cuts. Passenger services and safety will be worsened by the introduction of driver only operation, the sacking and reducing safety role of train guards/conductors and station de-staffing and ticket office closures.
You can read more about the campaign on a page that includes briefings, newsletters and video clips.
You can contact your MP to ask them to support EDM 174 on
We salute Barry Sheerman and Mike Wood for already supporting EDM 174. Consequently, we will be focusing our tour on the Colne Valley and Dewsbury constituencies- with stops including Dewsbury, Huddersfield and Slaithwaite.
If you are interested in joining us, please email us to express an interest by Wednesday 12th November. In this email please include your mobile phone number if possible.
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