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Southern rail commuters are crowdfunding to take legal action against the Department for Transport

Matilda Egere-Cooper

The next time you’re feeling frustrated with the tube, spare a thought for Southern railway commuters.

A group of them have become so fed up with the network’s recent track record of train delays, overcrowded carriages and endless strikes that they’ve now decided to go down the legal route – but they need to some cash to make it happen, so they've started a crowdfunding campaign, naturally.

The recently launched Association for British Commuters is looking to raise £25,000 to launch a judicial review into how the Department for Transport has handled the troubled network during its dispute with the RMT Union.

The group reckons that the Government should be held responsible for the crisis, which they insist has posed a number of health and safety risks over the past 18 months and is 'making the lives of commuters a daily misery'.

It seems more than 500 pledgers (and counting) agree and the association has already managed to hit their initial target of £10,000 within three days. The campaign closes on October 4, and while pledging won't guarantee another stress-free journey home anytime soon, those who lend their support can rest in the knowledge that people power might just sort this situation out once and for all.  

Find out more about the campaign at

And in more travel news, the bus hopper tickets are coming


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