Posted by: westlancashirerecord | January 2, 2019

Rail Day Of Action

On 30 November 2018, Merseyrail announced that its ticket prices will increase by an average of 2.9% in January, ensuring that it still offers some of the lowest fares on the railway. Its popular Day Saver ticket, which offers unlimited travel after 0930 on weekdays and anytime on weekends and bank holidays, will rise by just 1.9% to £5.30 for an adult all-zone ticket.

Believe it or not, many elderly and disabled retired people pay income tax, which funds Merseytravel/Merseyrail services.  .

Despite us campaigning for years for publicly funded Merseyrail/Merseytravel [£94.4Million grant current year; latest Reserves £70,921Million] to allow off peak rail concessions for all areas its trains operate in, Merseyrail  still insists that its policy of discrimination against West Lancashire elderly and disabled people is legal. It hides behind its “franchise” agreement in denying liability that the age and disability protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010 protect. The Public Sector Equality Duty is ignored. Merseytravel also ignores the Equality Act commitments.

Merseyrail part-owner Abellio is the international passenger transport subsidiary of the Dutch national railway company, Nederlandse Spoorwegen, which provides rail, bus and tram services to 1.7m customers per day across the UK, Germany and in the Netherlands.

Merseyrail’s other part-owner Serco is an international service company, which, tongue in cheek, “combines commercial know-how with a deep public service ethos. Serco supports governments, agencies and companies who seek a trusted partner with a solid track record of providing assured service excellence” [but don’t mention Beacon Park Golf Course in Skelmersdale, currently rubbished by Serco Leisure Operating Limited]”.

Merseyrail “Is committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity amongst our workforce. Our aim is that our workforce will be truly representative of all sections of society and each employee feels respected and able to give their best. To that end the purpose of this statement is to provide equality and fairness for all in our employment and not to discriminate on grounds of gender, marital status, race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion or age. We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination”.

Apart from those it chooses to ignore! Time for that Rail Revolution?


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