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16 July 2012

Action For Rail conference, Manchester

About 60 union reps came to the North West 'Action For Rail' conference in Manchester on Friday 13 July to organise resistance to the McNulty report into the future of the railways

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HS2 - The second high speed line in Britain - government advert

HS2 - The second high speed line in Britain - government advert

1 February 2012

Debate: Should socialists support the HS2 rail line?

Developing efficient public transport: The second high speed line (HS2) in Britain (the first being the channel tunnel link from London to Paris) would initially connect London to Birmingham by 2026 with a journey time of 49 minutes, writes Mark Pickersgill, Stevenage Socialist Party.

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21 September 2011

Private rail companies - a licence to print money

Tory transport secretary Philip Hammond recently described Britain's railways as a "rich man's toy"...

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7 July 2011

Stop the jobs slaughter at Bombardier, Derby

Derby has been rocked by the announcement of the loss of more than 1,400 jobs by the train manufacturer Bombardier

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RMT protest against Tube privatisation, photo Paul Mattsson

RMT protest against Tube privatisation, photo Paul Mattsson

29 June 2011

Workers say: Renationalise the railways!

McNulty report points to further fragmentation and privatisation: The McNulty report on railway 'value for money' stands alongside Lansley's NHS 'reforms' as a brazen attack on our public services by this aggressive government, writes TSSA rail union, personal capacity.

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20 September 2010

Planning and the environment

Democratic, rational planning will permit a consistent improvement in ecological conditions to be achieved over many decades until full sustainability is reached...

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13 January 2010

Buses - privatisation means worse services

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has referred the UK bus industry to the Competition Commission because it has "evidence that limited competition between bus operators tends to result in higher prices and lower quality for bus users", writes Alistair Tice.

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6 May 2009

Defending a shop steward, in spite of the anti-union laws

The 23 January started like any other day for me, I arrived at work at 6am. I work as a bus driver and I am a Unite shop steward. An argument started between a senior inspector and a fellow driver. As...

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14 January 2009

Why Manchester rejected the congestion charge

Greater Manchester residents have thrown out proposals threatening to bring in a "congestion charge" in return for some limited investment in public transport, writes Hugh Caffrey, Manchester.

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16 December 2008

Greater Manchester

Why the congestion charge referendum was smashed

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8 October 2008

Keep the Metro public!

The Keep the Metro Public campaign, including trade union activists and members of the Socialist Party have handed out thousands of leaflets opposing the privatisation of the Newcastle Metro, writes Paul Phillips and Ian Patterson, Newcastle Socialist Party.

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10 September 2008

Can we have 'the right to travel' - without adding to climate change?

Transport and the environment: The recent collapse of Metronet, which was responsible for maintenance on some London Underground lines, was just the latest disaster in the saga of public transport privatisation, this one leaving public finances to foot a bill of over a billion pounds, Pete Dickinson writes.

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3 June 2008

Editorial: Target 'ecological' taxes at the biggest polluters

Across Europe, farmers, fishermen, lorry drivers and others have been protesting against increased fuel costs...

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28 May 2008

Johnson's Prince of Darkness

LONDON'S NEW Tory mayor Boris Johnson has appointed a ruthless private equity businessman as his "first deputy mayor" in charge of transport, writes Roger Shrives.

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12 March 2008

New period of workers' militancy in Germany

A WAVE of industrial unrest has swept across Germany in recent weeks - affecting hospitals, local councils, airports, childcare facilities and public transport...

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7 December 2007

For decent public transport!

Our Planet, not Private Profit: Public transport, such as buses and trains, has been privatised. Costs have gone up and services are worse. But public transport could play a key role...

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25 October 2007

France: Biggest public transport strike action since 1995

"REMEMBER THIS date: October 18, 2007. On this day, Nicolas Sarkozy's five year term will really begin", the conservative newspaper Le Figaro wrote... By Karl Debbaut, Committee for a Workers' International (CWI)

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17 May 2007

Who pays to stop climate change?

GLOBAL WARMING and consequent climate change 'can be solved' according to the third part of the major 2007 study from the UN-sponsored committee of scientists (IPCC), issued in Bangkok early in May...

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11 January 2007

Public transport and private ownership don't mix

NEW LABOUR claims to defend both the environment and public services. Their claims look hollow following the large rises recently announced in rail prices.

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6 July 2006

Bus campaign prepares support for striking drivers

SHEFFIELD'S "WE Want Our Buses Back" campaign is preparing to support bus drivers as they are get ready to strike over a 1.8% pay offer from a company (First) that increased fares by nearly 50% last year, writes Calvin Payne, Sheffield.

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