Rail line campaigner gives talk
TRANSPORT campaigner Cat Hobbs, who played a leading role in winning improvements for the Severn Beach Line, is the key speaker at Friends Of Suburban Bristol Railways' (FOSBR) annual meeting on Saturday.
It will be held at the Halo Cafe, 141, Gloucester Road, Bishopston which is five minutes' walk from Redland and Montpelier stations and starts at 6.30pm.
Ms Hobbs was press officer for the pressure group from 2006-2007 when it was campaigning for the city council to run more frequent services on the line.
She researched the cost of hiring a train and crew between Temple Meads and Avonmouth stations, made the case for the necessary investment by the council, and helped to win a three-year agreement for the service.
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When she left Bristol, she worked for Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) and is now a key player in We Own It, a voice for those who want public services to be non profit-making.
The event will include a debate on Rebuilding Rail, a report introduced by trade union Aslef's Bristol secretary, Bernard Kennedy.
FOSBR members will be asked to vote on adopting the report which illustrates the financial and social cost of breaking up the railway following privatisation. It makes recommendations on the way forward, including a not-for-profit national rail service, devolution, and not-for-profit franchises.