Protesters: Climate Rush
Target: The Government
Location: Charing Cross station, London
Date: 5 January
- The lowdown
Activists staged a 'tea party' at Charing Cross station to protest at the rise in rail fares. They encouraged passengers to contact The Treasury with their concerns and then hung bunting, draped picnic blankets and served tea and croissants to commuters at the station. The event was the culmination of a week-long campaign that included a banner drop at St Pancras station and the use of social media, with the #farefail hashtag trending on Twitter.
- Why the protest?
Commuters faced an average increase in rail fare prices of six per cent, with some having to pay 11 per cent more for their tickets. Operators have justified the increases by saying they need more money to invest in services and better stations. However, Climate Rush spokesman Tamsin Omond said: 'We've spoken to thousands of commuters this week and, without exception, they feel let down and angry.'
- How did the Government respond?
The Government has said that its plans to improve the efficiency of rail services could prevent future annual fare rises.
- How did the media cover it?
The campaign generated coverage in national newspapers, as well as in the London Evening Standard and on BBC South East.