Climate Rush

Government will hike rail fares a massive 31% over the next 5 years.  It’s the biggest hike in a generation.  Focus public attention on this unfair fare hike by joining Climate Rush on an Unfair Fare Dodge.

Join our Railway Adventure.

We want affordable, efficient and environmentally friendly transport for the UK.

So say, Yes to Reasonable Rail Fares!

Yes to easy to use ticketing!

Yes to well managed comfortable Trains!

If you would like to come and wave off (or join our UNFAIR FARE DODGE) then please meet for a Railway Rally under The Monument, Fish Street Hill, London at 12noon on Saturday 16th April.  Bring jam sandwiches, your Oyster card and an appetite for adventure.

Keen cyclist? Why not join our pedal possie?

You can find this event on Facebook too, follow this link and get all your friends involved:

Twiggy meets Climate Rush

Wanna be in our gang? Can you cycle 60 miles in one day?

On Saturday 16th April a cycle convoy will be heading off from London. Our Pedal Posse will celebrate how great the bicycle is as an environmentally friendly means of transport, whilst highlighting the need for fairer rail fares. Meet at Greenwich Foot tunnel south side at 8am ready to cycle 60 miles along National Cycle Route 1. On the same day hundreds of intrepid travelers will be setting off on the train journey of their lives. They will have a ceilidh band, jam sandwiches and flannel petticoats. All we’ll have is the open road and the wind in our ears.

We’ll be cycling from London with the aim of meeting and waving in our intrepid train traveling sisters and brothers in a lovely historic town (and then having a leisurely train journey back to London). We’ll provide our own jam sandwiches (and sports drinks! and Lycra!) but it will be totally worth it. Join the Climate Rush cycling day trip – it will be a beautiful adventure!

Say YES to Adventure!

YES to Eco Friendly Transport!

and No to the Imminent Train Fare Hikes!

You can find this event on Facebook too, follow this link and get all your friends involved:!/event.php?eid=158134597576862

above image: Kings Cross railway station, London. Stitch-In

At 1pm on Saturday 10th April, craftivists joined in a nationwide protest to demand a halt to rail fare increases.  Currently the coalition Government plans to hike fares by 31% over the next 4 years whilst continuing to say that will be the greenest Government yet.


Hundreds of craftivists (activists who protest using scissors, thread and fabric) converged on railway stations across the UK for a protest picnic and stitch-in.  From Brighton and Cornwall, Dorset and Devon to Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester and London. All stitch-ins brought together eager craftivists, who shared their message with members of the public who wanted to find out about the unique action.

above image: Bristol Temple Mead railway station: Bristol craftivists at their Stitch-In

The craftivists from the Craftivist Collective created 4inch deep x 7inches wide fabric train coaches covered with statistics, facts, quotes and consumer views on our Government’s carbon-friendly transport policy, as well as providing jam sandwiches and cupcakes for passers by from picnic hampers.


One Craftivist said: ‘It was a great way to engage the public in the issues of unfair rail fares and climate change. We crafted loads of train coaches to add to our bunting petition during the day. And which other protest could you attend that provides jam sandwiches, cupcakes and tea with a smile?

above image: Manchester Piccadilly railway station: Manchester craftivists Stitch-In

“As the Craftivist Collective we are passionate about showing our love for local and global neighbours. The unfair fare increases will stop people using trains when we need help keeping our carbon footprints down. The increases will hit people living in poverty the most and stop them getting to their jobs and alienate them even more from society.

‘Short-haul flights and cars shouldn’t be the cheapest most convenient option. Philip Hammond MP wants to hike fairs a massive 31% over the term of this Government. We’re here to demand fair fares and a sustainable alternative.”


Philip Hammond MP, Secretary of State for Transport, said in 2010:

‘Whether we like it or not, the ability to travel point-to-point on an individually-tailored timetable [i.e. in a car] is one of the great quality-of-life gains of the second half of the 20th century.


The various panels will be collated into a petition-train which will be taken on a Fair Fare Railway Adventure on Saturday 16th April.  It will be delivered to Philip Hammond MP (Minister for Transport) by direct action group: Climate Rush.

One of our favourite crafted carriages made by craftivist Hannah Henderson. Find more carriages and Stitch-In photos here

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Climate Rush are so excited to be working with the wonderful Craftivist Collective!

As part of the campaign to fight for fair transport fares the craftivists want you!

On Sunday 10th April Craftivists up and down the country will be sitting in train stations crafting away to raise awareness of excessive rises in train fares. We will be crafting 4inch deep x 7inches wide fabric train coaches (bunting patches) with stats, facts, quotes, and our views on the devastating effects these train fare hikes will have on a cheap and sustainable transport policy. All bunting carriages need to be posted to the Craftivist Collective in time for it to be sewn together into a long train petition for our big adventure on the 16th April. We need your help to make this the longest and prettiest train bunting ever!

This is a national event and a great opportunity for craftivists to get involved, speak to passers by and capture media attention to our campaign. Why not get together with a group of your friends and run your own craftivism train station session on the 10th April wherever you are in the UK?- we will help with resources, advice, templates, instructions etc (if you are busy on the 10th you can still help and post your bunting coaches)


For those of you based in London Join us at 2pm on Sunday 10th April at King’s Cross to sit on a picnic blanket, drink tea and eat our jam sandwiches whilst crafting petitions in the shape of train carriages. We will have all resources needed but it would be great if you could bring scissors, thread, fabric and even completed carriages with you if possible. Find the Facebook event here.

Across the UK other craftivists will be doing the same in their area on the same day at the same time. Join us in this non-threatening, kitsch but thought provoking craftivism project. So far we have the events happening on the 10th April 2pm in stations in Brighton, Sheffield, Bangor, Coventry , Birmingham, Dorset, Leeds, Bristol, London, Manchester, Devon and Cornwall. If you want to do it in your area please email craftivist-collective [at] hotmail dot com and we will help you set it up!

We want people to craft 4inch deep x 7inches wide fabric train coaches (patches a little like our Mini Protest Banners) with stats, facts, quotes, views on the devastating effects that train fare hikes will have on the nation and world, find examples here. Please help us make this petition bunting. Cross stitch, hand embroider, write in fabric pens, whatever you can to get the issues out.

Support is here:

  • Here is a document to help get local press coverage of your event on the 10th: CAPTURE LOCAL MEDIA it includes a press release template
  • Find some examples of the carriages here
  • Go here to see images of the flyers you can use to give out at the Stitch-Ins on the 10th to explain our project- email us for the PDFs
  • Here is the poster you can use to advertise your local Stitch-In. Email to recieve the PDF. Feel free to add on local info
  • We are currently producing an instructions video, and everything else you need. Watch this space for more support email: craftivist-collective[at] for PDFs etc

Approximately 4 inches tall and 7 inches wide. Made on cotton (I’ve used iron on bondaweb between two bits of fabric to make it stiffer and not fray easily but you don’t have to). This one is going to be hand embroidered but you could use fabric paint/pens or cross stitch. Up to you!:)

Climate Rush believes that it is imperative that our government addresses and changes it’s ridiculous approach to public transport. In August yet another set of rail fare hikes will come into play. How can those in power claim they are concerned about climate change when they make it so non cost effective to use public environmentally friendly forms of transport such as trains. We love trains and feel they should be celebrated and much more affordable.

Here are some facts and quotes we have collected, have a read and why not get involved in our day of action. There are many ways you can get involved, come on our railway adventure, stich some bunting in a station or join our cycle posse.


In 2007, 79% of the distance traveled by the average individual in the UK was done by car while only 7% was travelled by over ground rail.

Only 55% of people in the UK have traveled by train in the past year.

Between 1997 and 2008, the cost of traveling by train rose by 46%, while the cost of travelling by car rose by 26%

UK rail fares are on average 50% more expensive than European fares.

British flexible tickets are three times as expensive as in Europe.

British season tickets are four times as expensive as in Europe.

Our government now spends twice as much on the rail network as it spent on British Rail before privatisation.
Passenger revenue has risen by 75% since privatisation, but only 7.5% of passenger revenue is invested back into the rail network.

Choosing the train rather than the plane cuts CO2 emissions by over 90%.
UK citizens currently take around 210 million flights a year – the same number as China’s 1 billion people.

The long term economic viability of the aviation industry is in question when rapidly increasing oil prices are brought into the equation.

The aviation industry enjoys tax breaks amounting to nearly £10 billion a year.

Paris is the most popular destination from Heathrow with 32 flights each day.

100,000 flights a year go between Heathrow and cities within 500 kilometres of the airport – destinations easily reachable by train.

Aviation is currently responsible for 13% of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK.
Aviation is the fast-growing contributor to CO2 emissions in the UK.

The average annual household income of Stansted passengers is £47,000, and low-skilled people and people on benefits, despite making up a quarter of the population, only took 6% of the flights.

In 2006, 36% of take-offs and landings at UK airports were for domestic flights.


Whether we like it or not, the ability to travel point-to-point on an individually-tailored timetable [in a car] is one of the great quality-of-life gains of the second half of the 20th century.
Philip Hammond MP (i.e. our Transport Minister)
Hammond must be dragged away from Top Gear and forced to spend some time watching the news.
Greenpeace UK

Railway termini are our gates to the glorious and the unknown. Through them we pass out into adventure and sunshine, to them, alas! we return.
E. M. Forster

Most men who have really lived have had, in some share, their great adventure. This railway is mine.
James J. Hill

Sherlock Holmes: We are a nation of railway pioneers, my boy.

Apple pie for breakfast – we can’t be poor after all! – The Railway Children

Try to imagine it as an adventure, all sorts of things might happen. – The Railway Children

‘taking the car is so much more convenient and much cheaper too’  – a passenger between York and London.