From May 2016, a group of rail users and local campaigners came together to organise protests; initially at Brighton Station and London Victoria, and later the Department for Transport itself. With the success of these protests, the #SouthernFail campaign was born, along with our Facebook group the Association of British Commuters – now the most active place of online discussion about the Southern Rail crisis.
Since the astounding success of our legal campaign for a Judicial Review into the Department for Transport, we have also become a non-profit company: dedicated to representing the interests of the public in the face of the rail crisis that is happening around us.
With the Southern Rail campaign our immediate – and most urgent – priority, the Association of British Commuters remains committed to:
- Campaigning for a safe, affordable, accessible and reliable transport system – not only in the south, but across the UK.
- Providing a welcoming online community for discussion and expanding our network of members, volunteers and partner campaigns.
- Building a greater public literacy of the issues surrounding the Southern Rail crisis; and in future, for transport issues all over the UK.
- Elevating the voice of the commuter to Parliament and the national press, while exerting pressure on key organisations.
The Association of British Commuters recently received a start-up grant from the charity, Foundation for Integrated Transport, in order to fund our awareness-raising work.
The Association of British Commuters is registered in the UK and Wales as a non-profit limited company: 10357443. Registered address: 24 Wheatsheaf Way, Tonbridge, Kent TN10 3PJ.