Brighton Greens call for First Capital Connect to get back on track!

26 November 2009

As First Capital Connect cancelled nearly fifty trains on Thursday, Green Party local general election candidate Caroline Lucas MEP joined councillors and Green Party members in a protest at Brighton station.

Brighton Greens collected signatures on a petition which calls on First Capital Connect to end the train chaos caused by a pay dispute between the company and the train drivers' union ASLEF.

The petition also calls for Government to step in and provide a long term solution by renationalising the rail services.

Thursday's cancellations caused significant disruption to people's working and personal lives, and wreaked havoc on Brighton and Hove's economy.

Greens collected signatures from 16.00 till 18.00, and were joined by Caroline as she returned from an important vote in the European Parliament.

However, her own journey was disrupted as Caroline usually travels to her Brighton base by First Capital Connect train.

On the strike, Caroline said "This is symptomatic of a privatised rail network, where in order to cut costs and boost profits the drivers are expected to work overtime.

"The chaos goes to highlight the consequences of this. The Greens believe in nationalising the railways and trains, providing better value for money and a more efficient service passengers".

This sentiment was echoed by Councillor Ian Davey, the Brighton Green group spokesperson for transport, and parliamentary candidate for Hove, who said "The Government should be providing a realistic alternative to cars for those who want to change the way they travel.

"At the moment, our train services are unreliable and expensive."

Green Party research has revealed that Britain has some of the highest train fares in Europe.

The party has called for a £3bn investment which would cut train prices by a third, meaning the cost of a monthly commuter ticket from Brighton to London would be cut by over £110.

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For more information please contact the Brighton and Hove Green Party office on 01273 766 670.

 


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