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The 2019 Rail Summit: For a People's Railway

Updated: Mar 13, 2019

What could a future nationalised railway look like?

NOR4NOR is pleased to announce a headline event with our 2019 Rail Summit for a People's Railway on Saturday 27th April in Norwich.

What should a future, nationalised and democratic railway look like? That's the question we are asking in advance of our 2019 Rail Summit. With speeches and facilitated workshops featuring a diverse range of perspectives, from front line workers to political leaders, all focusing on how to unite and to make successful, democratic railway nationalisation a success.

Featuring: Rachael Maskell MP, Labour Shadow Rail Minister Clive Lewis MP, Labour Norwich South (TBC) David Raby, Green Party Steve Hedley, Assistant General Secretary, RMT Union Nadine Rae, TSSA Union (TBC) Dave Berry, GMB Union, former rail and gas industry worker. Kamiajeet Gill, TUC Glenroy Watson, Tube Worker and RMT Union Activist (TBC) John Kelly, Birkbeck, University of London (TBC) Hilary Wainwright, Editor of Red Pepper Stan Newens, former Labour MP & MEP John Porter, Former Senior Rail Consultant Keith Venables, Independent Working Class Education Network (IWCEN) Paul Salveson, Chair of the Rail Reform Group (personal capacity). Bring Back British Rail

We want to ask important questions about how our railways can be run under public ownership, learning the right lessons from history to explore alternative structures for ownership that go beyond the past conventional top-down state ownership model of British Rail to other alternatives which may better encourage innovation, job security, fair working conditions and resistance against future privatisation.

We wish to explore how we can democratise public transport to create a system which meets the real needs of society in the face of the existential crisis of climate change, through ownership models such as worker, passenger and co-operative models or localised municipal ownership structures, so we can write and inform government policy and inspire revolutionary municipal public transport systems.

Doors will open at 0930 for a 1000 start. A light buffet lunch will be provided, please confirm attendance on the event to help us gauge numbers. This is a free event, although we will gladly welcome donations to cover event costs.

Location: Chapel Field Road Methodist Church, Chapel Field Road, Norwich. NR2 1SD

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