Campaigners are due to hold a protest outside Preston train station this morning.
The protest will be one of many taking place across the North West to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Railways Act, which paved the way for the privatisation of the UK’s rail network.
During the protest Action for Rail campaigners will hand out postcards that call on MPs to put people before profits and return our railways to public ownership.
North West TUC Regional Secretary Lynn Collins said: “Rail privatisation has been a failure, one that affects people across the North West. From people commuting to work to families on days out, everyone is affected.
“We were promised improvement and investment when privatisation came along. Instead we it has pushed up costs and burdens both passengers and taxpayers.
“The public purse is being used to help turn a profit. Companies making millions in profit benefit whilst those who use the railways have to pay more, at a time when the cost of living is already staggeringly high.”
“MP’s in the North West need to accept that the current model is broken.”
The protest was due to start at 7.30am until 9.30am.