NOR4NOR's primary objective is to campaign for the public ownership of Britain's railways. The fragmented franchising model, which extracts profit from the travelling public and puts it in the hands of European state operators and shareholder profit, has failed.
We want to give a voice to both passengers and transport workers, to ensure that our railway is democratically reformed in a way which the transport needs of Norwich and Norfolk are both heard and met.
Our latest campaign focuses on the branch lines from Norwich to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft, which champions half hourly services on both lines, made possible by infrastructure improvements to reduce journey times between Norwich and Great Yarmouth to 20 minutes and Norwich to Lowestoft to 25 minutes, by 2025
As a counter to the 'Norwich in 90' campaign, we are fighting for real local investment which will underpin sustainable growth in Norwich, Yarmouth and Lowestoft and the wider region, with a bold vision to radically reduce car use and get people back onto the railways.
We feel that spending millions focusing solely on reducing Norwich to London journey times is short sighted, and risks stripping Norwich of its vibrant, independent status due to the popularisation of commuting to the capital from the city, which in turn risks increasing the cost of living for all. We believe investment should be firstly used to increase capacity and the number of trains per hour and that fares should be lowered to encourage rail travel.
At a time when Network Rail are spending £89 million to upgrade signalling on the Yarmouth and Lowestoft lines, which will actually deliver a reduction in network capacity, we want to hold both Network Rail and Greater Anglia to account and promote a bold vision for Norfolk that is achievable and sensible.
KEEP THE GUARD ON THE TRAIN
NOR4NOR supports the RMT Union's #KeepTheGuardOnTheTrain campaign and has taken part in action to support striking Guards outside Norwich railway station.
We support the RMT's campaign in this instance because we too believe all trains should be safely staffed with a second 'safety critical' member of staff, not just a ticket collector or occasional member of revenue protection staff with now formal training or safety competencies. We have concerns over Greater Anglia's proposals and oppose the introduction of an 'On Board Supervisor' type role, which we see as just the beginning of a move to wholly de-staff trains.
The removal of a second safety critical member of staff puts the travelling public at risk: who is there to make the train and track safe when a driver is incapacitated in an incident? Who is there to assist the elderly, the disabled and the vulnerable? A driver at the front of a twelve coach train?
You can support the RMT's action by writing to your MP.
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