Bristol Politics, Railways

#TempleMeads #NotForSale – Protest 7th March

In a fresh bout of privatisation the international bankers Citigroup have been brought in to help Network Rail sell 18 railway station that it manages directly – including Bristol Temple Meads.

If stations are sold off for a quick buck, we’ll lose future profits and we’ll lose control over these public spaces.

66% of the UK public want rail in public ownership. Network Rail needs to listen to passengers, not bankers. No more privatisation, no more fragmentation!

Bring Back British Rail and We Own It are organising to stop this latest attempt to privatise public space and sell off another one of our cherished national assets.

We’ll be organising with local activists, unions, and political parties from across the spectrum to halt the sale, and will be launching the campaign with a demonstration, leafleting and petitioning outside Temple Meads on Monday the 7th of March at 9-9:30 am, and 5:30-6:30 pm.

Labour Councillor Mhairi Threlfall who’s supporting the campaign said: “I’ll be there for the evening sessions, have publicised on Twitter and Facebook, and let colleagues friends and family in Edinburough/Glasgow who might want to get involved know.”

Green Mayoral candidate Tony Dyer who’s also on-board says: – “As we seek to rebalance our transport network away from the car towards alternative transport, Temple Meads should be treated as a community asset for the whole city. We need an integrated approach to our public transport; selling off what is probably the single most important element of our transport network to an unknown private owner could seriously undermine efforts to create a more sustainable transport system.”

Contact – Julie Boston campaigns officer for FOSBR at campaigns@fosbr.org.uk, or rail activist Will Quick at whquick@outlook.com

Notes

1. WeOwnIt have started a national petition against the sell off here – http://weownit.org.uk/act-now/stop-bankers-selling-our-stations

2. This local campaign has been launched by the Friends Of Suburban Bristol Railways with support of We Own It, the Bristol Labour Party, the Bristol Green Party, the Bristol RMT and TSSA rail unions and the Bristol People’s Assembly.

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