T-Shirts now available

More Bring Back British Rail campaign t-shirts are now available to order for just £12 each including delivery in the UK. We now have a full range of sizes (small, medium, large and x-large) back in stock. Described by The List Magazine as “stylishly merchandised”, all t-shirts are plain white cotton with our screen-printed logo on the front and back (as shown below).



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A Bring Back British Rail t-shirt is great way of showing your support and spreading the word about the campaign!

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Autumn Activities!

This looks likely to be a tough autumn for public services in the UK, with the new government’s Spending Review due to be announced on 20 October 2010.

We want to step up the promotion of the Bring Back British Rail campaign during this period so that it becomes a flagship for the resistance against the continual depletion and privatisation of our public services.

We have over 17,000 more Bring Back British Rail stickers printed and ready to post out to willing volunteers who are keen to help us promote the campaign. If you would like to get involved, please email your postal address with an indication of the number of stickers you plan to distribute and we will get them in the post.

Please stick responsibly and help us spread the word!

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Rail Franchises – Have your say!

You have until 18 October to have your say about how rail services are run in this country. This summer, the new government launched its Reforming Rail Franchising public consultation.

We are asking all supporters of the campaign to email your views on the current shambolic franchise system directly to the Department for Transport before the deadline on 18 October 2010.

The Bring Back British Rail campaign is demanding an end to the bitty and inefficient franchise system, in favour of a fully integrated, publically owned rail network which is run as one organisation for passengers rather than profits.

Read Consultation online >

Email your views to: franchisepolicy@dft.gsi.gov.uk

Post your views to:
Rail Franchise Policy Team
Department for Transport
5/27 Great Minster House
76 Marsham Street

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Campaign Planning Meeting

We are holding the first open campaign planning meeting this Sunday 29 August 2010 at 2pm at a venue near Edinburgh Waverley station.

If you are have suggestions or feedback and are keen to get actively involved in the Bring Back British Rail campaign, then please come along!

Email info@bringbackbritishrail.org for the venue details.

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New Government’s Response to Petition

During the 2010 election campaign the Bring Back British Rail’s first official e-petition (hosted on the Number 10 website), was temporarily closed to new signatures. Following the formation of the new government, the totally unfair and undemocratic decision was taken not to reopen the petition. The line being: ‘existing e-petitions, submitted to the previous administration, will not be carried forward to the new administration’.

The new administration has however finally responded to 2,060 signatures that were recorded on the petition with the following statement:

“The Government believes that the needs of passengers must be at the heart of the UK’s railway.  The railway needs an infrastructure operator that is responsive to its customers, and able to deliver the best possible results for both operators of railway services and their users.

The Government is committed to reforming Network Rail and to making it properly accountable to its customers.  Ministers are currently examining the structures and incentives of the industry to see how best to enable this.  It is vital that Network Rail governance structures enable the company to work effectively on behalf of passengers, freight customers and wider industry stakeholders.

The Government’s priority is to support the economy by reducing the deficit. The railway network is vital to economic growth but funding is not unlimited. Therefore even more efficient ways of operating, maintaining and renewing the network must be found.  Sir Roy McNulty’s Rail Value for Money study will examine options for improving value for money across the railway industry while maintaining or improving safety.

The Government has pledged to put fairness at the heart of its approach to rail fares. The Rail Value for Money study and the Association of Train Operating Companies’ review of fares are expected to provide valuable input going forward in the medium term.

Demand for rail travel between major British conurbations is expected to increase significantly over the next twenty to thirty years, and the Government is committed to establish a high-speed rail network as part of its ambitions for a low-carbon and eco-friendly economy.”

Read New Government’s Response online >
Read New Government’s Statement on e-petitions service >

The Bring Back British Rail will now spend the summer planning new campaign strategies. If you have any good suggestions or would like to get actively involved, please do get in touch.

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Petition extended 'til 27 July 2010!

The Bring Back British Rail campaign’s official online petition hosted on the Number 10 website will be unavailable to sign until it is officially reopened by the new government’s administration once they have decided ‘how best to proceed with the e-petitions service’. We hope this will be soon!

Because of this disruption, our petition’s deadline has been extended until 27 July 2010. As soon as the petition is reopened, the campaign will focus all its attention on collecting as many signatures as possible in the short period before it closes finally on 27 July 2010.

We need your help to do this! Please join our thriving Facebook page or our mailing list to stay up-to-date with what is happening.

Following the 27 July 2010 deadline, our petition will be submitted to the new government for their official response. Any petition with over 100,000 signatures will be debated in parliament, so that should be our target!

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The List Magazine

“Inherently sensible, not to mention stylishly merchandised” – the Bring Back British Rail campaign gets a big thumbs-up in the WeLike section on page 2 of Scotland’s The List Magazine 18 February – 4 March 2010.

Help support the campaign and spread the word by grabbing some of our stylish merchandise today! The campaign t-shirts and the enamel lapel badges (available exclusively to those joining our membership scheme), both feature our now famous ‘back-to-front’ double arrow logo designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio.

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The Big Issue

The Bring Back British Rail campaign gets a great little preview by Emma Rubach on page 46 of The Big Issue magazine 1 – 7 March 2010.

“Who remembers the glory days of British Rail (BR)? I’m proud to say I’m too young, but I do remember my father complaining about BR (especially waiting for ‘the engineers’ to be called out – no rail replacement buses in those days, or mobile phones).

Perhaps it’s our unstoppable nostalgia for everything ’80s, or perhaps our current rail network is just such a shambles, but either way, a campaign called Bring Back British Rail is generating a surprising amount of support.

The campaign has generated over 2,000 signatories to a petition on the Number 10 website. It’s even commissioned a stylish update of the iconic BR logo, reworked to point forward (get it?). “The logo caused loads of controversy,” says Ellie Harrison, the founder of Bring Back British Rail. “To be honest, there are a lot of people out there who care a lot about trains, and they like things to be just so.”

Harrison, who at 30 is also too young to really remember waiting for the engineers to be called out, insists she’s not talking about bringing back that British Rail. For anyone fearing delayed trains, soggy sandwiches and strike action, she points out that the old version of BR was willfully under-resourced.

In its place, she argues, we now have one of the most expensive railway networks in Europe, tied to an evermore confusing fare structure which seems to be steadily growing in price as the economy shrinks.

“I travel a lot on trains and it became obvious to me that since the railways were privatised, we’ve endured an expensive and confusing 18 years, pretty much in silence,” says Harrison. “Bringing our trains back to an integrated, central point which is run for public gain rather than private profit would solve the problem.”

She hopes that the campaign will catch the attention of vote-hungry MPs as the election approaches. To support Ellie’s campaign, visit bringbackbritishrail.org. Mullet haircut optional.”

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More Bring Back British Rail campaign t-shirts are now available to order for just £12 each including delivery in the UK.

The first batch of t-shirts sold out in less than a week just before Christmas.
We now have a second batch, ready to be sent out. All t-shirts are plain white cotton, with a screen-printed logo on the front and back (shown below). Available in small, medium, large and x-large.

T-shirts are now available in the Merchandise section of the website. If you would like to be kept up-to-date when new merchandise becomes available, please sign up for our mailing list and join our Facebook page.

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BBC Radio 5 Live Debate

On 26 November 2009 Ellie Harrison represented the Bring Back British Rail campaign in a live debate about the renationalisation of the country’s railways on the BBC Radio 5 Live Richard Bacon Show.

22:00 BBC Radio 5 Live Richard Bacon Show

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The debate is chaired by Rachel Burden (sitting in for Richard Bacon). Guests include journalist Boyd Hilton, Douglas McNeill – transport analyst at Astaire Securities, Gerry Doherty – general secretary of the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA), Ellie Harrison and many disgruntled passengers calling in from all around the country.

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