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Ghost Train tour makes it’s mark

22 August 2013

The TSSA Ghost Train is touring the country to raise with passengers both the threats posed to station staff by the McNulty Report and the government’s decision to hike fares above inflation.

So far the Ghost Train tour has made the following stops:

  • May: launching at TSSAs’ annual conference, activists battled rain outside Glasgow Central to talk to people about public ownership of our railways.
  • June: FutureTSSA activists finished their spring meeting by taking the Ghost Train to Bristol Temple Meads Station and alerted passengers to the governments’ plans to cut station staff.
  • June: During the People United bus tour, Labour parliamentary candidate Sarah Owen and members of the local Labour Party joined TSSA activists speaking to passengers commuting into London from Hastings.
  • July: media in Hackney covered our Ghost Train action in East London after plans were announced to cut staff from the London Overground.
  • July: the TSSA community team worked with Friends of Crewkerne Station to hold a Ghost Train Action at Crewkerne in Somerset, receiving some great coverage in the local media.
  • July: the Ghost Train made an appearance at the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ festival.
  • July: the Ghost Train was joined by members of the TSSA Executive on a not so sunny morning in Brighton, handing out leaflets about the impending fare hikes.
  • July: we were joined in Crawley by local Labour parliamentary candidate, Chris Oxlade, to talk to passengers about fare increases.
  • August: the TSSA Executive Committee made a short detour to Kilburn High Road, another station at risk on the busy London Overground network
  • August: local reps in Somerset worked with rail users’ group the Friends of Bridgwater Station, to talk to passengers about the threats to their station staff.

Would you like to have the ghost train visit your station? Go to www.tssa.org.uk/ghost-train and register.

 

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