A protester holds a placard outside King’s Cross station in London [Image: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty].

This is now a regular event – the annual protest against unreasonable increases in rail fares.

Does anybody remember when rail privatisation was introduced, back in the 1990s? We were told fares would be cheaper and services would be more efficient.

Instead, we have been forced to pay, and pay – not only with increased fares but with an ever-increasing subsidy to the rail companies, whose shareholders must be making off like bandits.

Enough is enough. We need a strong movement for re-nationalisation, to go pounding on the Tories’ doors until they give in – or until we get a Labour government.

Under Corbyn, that party understands democracy.

Campaigners have braved freezing temperatures to protest against the new year’s hike in rail fares at dozens of stations in England and Scotland.

Action For Rail staged the demonstrations after fares rose on Monday by an average of 2.3%, almost four times the rate of inflation.

Source: Rail campaigners hold station protests against fare increases | UK news | The Guardian

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