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Fair Fares for Enfeld by Bill Linton

For a government facing rising oil prices and wanting to be seen as green, encouraging the use of public transport would seem to be a no-brainer. Unfortunately the present incumbents appear indeed to have no brains.

We may not have 'the greenest government ever', but rail passengers turned a sickly green at the recent announcement of yet another above-inflation rise in rail fares, averaging 8%. Or maybe it was envy of travellers on the continent, who all enjoyed lower fares than us even before the announcement.

One result was that Barnet & Enfield Friends of the Earth (FoE) decided to pay a welcome visit to the eastern part of their patch with a Fair Fares demo at Enfield Town station at rush hour on a Thursday evening. Douglas and I joined them. We shifted a few hundred leaflets to a willing public, while the FoE guys collected signatures on a petition. Enfield Town had been chosen at least partly because of its proximity to Refuge House, home of the Enfield Gazette and Advertiser, and in due course a reporter turned up and interviewed Phil Fletcher the demo organiser, and Douglas, while a photographer snapped away at anything that moved. A piece duly appeared in the next week's papers with quotes from both Phil and Douglas and a picture of Alasdair Bethley of FoE.

Once fatigue set in, a restorative visit to the Kings Head rounded off a successful couple of hours.

First published in the EGP members newsletter, October 2011

Published and promoted by Bill Linton for Enfield Green Party, both at 39A Fox Lane, London N13 4AJ