Today a Giant Electric Plug stopped off in Bedford as it travelled from London to Sheffield. The Giant Plug was an integral part of the campaign to publicise the damage Government Transport plans will inflict on passengers and the public.
The Government Consultation on the future of the East Midlands rail franchise ends on 11th October 2017. Today #SaveOurTrains and #ElectrifyOurTrains joined forces to let the Government know that there is widespread opposition to their proposals for rail travel in the Midlands
#SaveOurTrains are campaigning to save Intercity train services for Luton, Luton Airport, Bedford, Wellingborough, Melton Mowbray & Oakham.
A Government Consultation is proposing to cut services stopping at these stations. Perversely, the Government proposal claims there will be an increase in services on the line, but at the same time proposes cutting services to Bedford, Luton, Wellingborough, Melton Mowbray & Oakham. They should be increasing services for all.
If you use any of the services under threat sign the petition to #SaveOurTrains . Let Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport, know that you are against his proposals, I’m sure he’d love to hear from you.
The #ElectrifyOurTrains campaign is a response to Government plans to scrap the electrification of our railways in the Midlands, North and Wales. Today members of Leicester Friends Of The Earth are looking after the Giant Plug as it travels up to Sheffield. They will be accompanied by members of Bedford Green Party as far as Bedford.
By cancelling the electrification programme the Government are saying yes to more polluting diesel trains. They are condemning future generations to continued diesel pollution for years to come
We need electrification, powered by solar and wind generated energy. This is the legacy our children and our environment needs. And let’s not forget the passengers waiting on the platform, which might be you. Breathe in the air.
What a legacy? The Secretary of State for Transport’s own political contribution to the death of thousands of UK citizens.
And here is the journey of the Giant Plug, looked after by Leicester Friends of The Earth (pictures from FoELeicester Facebook Page)