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North Dorset Green Party

Press Release – January 2015

Time to change track?

North Dorset Green Party to leaflet early morning commuters at Gillingham Train Station,

Friday 09/01/2014, 06:12 and 06:48 commuter train departures

Is your rail fare too costly? Over this Parliament average wages are expected to have risen by 6.9%1 while regulated fares have increased by more than 20%. At a conservative estimate, around £1.2bn2 is lost each year as a result of fragmentation and privatisation – this is money which could, and should, be reinvested to improve our services and reduce fares.

Yet just last month, the Government announced plans to re-privatise the East Coast Mainline - a dreadful deal for passengers and taxpayers. In the five years it’s been run by the public sector, East Coast returned nearly £1bn to the taxpayer, as well as increasing passenger numbers, introducing a new timetable, improving punctuality and establishing industry leading approaches to waste recycling and reducing carbon emissions. The decision to re-privatise was clearly not made in the public interest.

It is time to change track? Re-nationalising the railways has been Green Party policy since they were privatised and has public backing too, with 60% in favour, and just 20% against in polls.

On Friday, Green MP Caroline Lucas’s Railway Bill will have its second reading in Parliament. The Bill will require the Secretary of State for Transport to assume control of rail passenger franchises as they expire. To coincide with the second reading, Green Party members from across Dorset will be handing out leaflets to commuters at railway stations.

North Dorset Green Party will focus their efforts on Gillingham Train Station, where many commuters set out from the constituency to commute into London each day.

Contacts:

Amanda Williams, Press Officer, Tel: 07780 970621 Email: ACEW.Consulting@gmx.co.uk 

Anna Baker, Chair, North Dorset Green Party Email: chair@northdorset.greenparty.org.uk

Notes:

More information about the Railway Bill can be found at: www.carolinelucas.com

The North Dorset constituency covers North Dorset local government district and most (geographically) of East Dorset. It is largely rural, with a lower than average proportion of social housing and five small towns: Blandford ForumGillingham, ShaftesburySturminster Newton and Verwood. The largest town is Verwood, and the most central is the market town of Blandford Forum, north of the port of Poole.

Council web map: http://mapping.dorsetforyou.com/map?version=mylocal&lyrs=243

 

 

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