The Passengers That Took on the Train Line
Fed up with the poor state of their trains, these passengers bid for their own rail line
real life / 9.00pm / BBC2 If you’ve ever travelled by train in the UK you’ll know only too well the frustrations of delays, shockingly high ticket prices and ongoing engineering works. Frustrated by delay after delay, passengers who travel daily on Southeastern trains, which serve south-east London, East Sussex and Kent, came up with a radical plan. Eight commuters set up London and South East Rail, a not-forprofit organisation that calls itself ‘the people’s railway’, and hopes to take over Southeastern’s current franchise when it ends in 2018. Jacques Peretti follows the group as they try to convince the Government that they, the commuters, can do a better job of running the train lines themselves.
Jacques Peretti takes on the trains