Resort stations to host protest by rail unions

Campaigners are protesting about train services
Campaigners are protesting about train services
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Rail union protestors will be outside railway stations in Blackpool next week as part of a campaign against changes to rail franchises ahead of the general election.

Representatives from the RMT union will be outside Blackpool North station between 8am and 9.30am next Wednesday, April 22, handing out leaflets and postcards.

There will also be action outside Blackpool South 
station

And there will be a stall in the town centre between 10.30am and 3.30pm.

The union claims there will be threats to fares, jobs, services and safety because of new franchising arrangements on the Northern and First TransPennine services, which service stations across the Fylde coast.

The union says the shortlisted bidders for the Northern Rail franchise are owned by Dutch, French and German state railways, adding that passengers in the North are to be used as used a cash-cow to hold down fares and improve services for railways in France, Holland and Germany.

Transpennine Express Services are also to be 
re-privatised.

A further protest will be held at Blackpool North from 9am on May 4