“The patience of people in the north of England has run out.” Andy Burnham, Mayor of Manchester
This summer, the Government cancelled its plans for electrification of railway in the north. Public spending on railways in the North of England is underfunded, receiving half that of London over the past decade. Meanwhile, fares continue to rise. Regulated fares are due to rise by 3.6% in January when wages are stagnant.
“It’s deeply concerning that when so much money is being poured into concreting over the countryside, rail expansion is in doubt.” Lianna Etkind of the Campaign for Better Transport
Please join us at Huddersfield train station on Wednesday 6 September from 5pm-6pm. We’ll be distributing fliers calling for fair funding for the rail network in the North, electrification of key routes and a freeze on rail fares (Flier for electrified, affordable, well-funded rail services in the North).
“The government still hasn’t engaged with the north seriously over this issue. Instead it has tried to defend its plans by pointing to the small amount of investment it does make, or rehashing previously announced spending. The reality is that the government promised to fully electrify these lines. The north expects this promise to be kept.” Luke Raikes, senior research fellow at IPPR North
Whether you’re concerned about climate change, the local health impacts of diesel pollution, the squeeze on people’s incomes or the development of the economy of the North, we hope you would agree that we deserve a better rail system.
“If you’re serious about growing the economies of the Midlands and the north, you have to look at investment in transport there.” Lilian Greenwood, Chair Elect of the Transport Select Committee
As always, feel free to turn up unannounced, but if you’d like to be kept informed of any changes or cancellations, please email us with your mobile phone number by Tuesday 5th September 12pm.
If you’re not able to join us please support the three e-actions on the flier (Flier for electrified, affordable, well-funded rail services in the North) in support of electrification of rail, fair funding for the North and a freeze on rail fares in January 2018:
Electric trains are better for the climate, our health and for passengers. Call on Transport Secretary,
Chris Grayling, to urgently re-think the decision to scrap the rail electrification projects.
Ask your MP to sign the Pledge supporting a freeze on regulated fares in January 2018.
Lack of government spending on Northern transport is holding the whole economy back. Call on Transport Secretary to pledge immediate backing for a Northern Powerhouse rail programme and to commit ‘catch up cash’ to support transport priorities.
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