Cheaper, greener rail fares welcomed by local Scottish Green MSP, Lorna Slater

Friday September 29th 2023

Borders Railway - Eskbank Station

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Lorna Slater MSP, the local Scottish Green MSP for Lothian, has hailed the cheaper greener rail fares pilot that will see peak rail fares scrapped across Scotland from October 02.

The pilot, which will last for at least six months, will provide financial relief to people commuting to and from Edinburgh at peak hours, and will protect the planet by encouraging more people to take the train rather than drive.

Edinburgh to Glasgow Current peak fare £28.90 New peak fare £14.90

Edinburgh to Dundee Current peak fare £41.40 New peak fare £32.20

Edinburgh to North Berwick Current peak fare £4.90 New peak fare£3.80

Lorna Slater, the Scottish Green MSP for Lothian, said: “I’m delighted that with Scottish Greens in government we are introducing this trial, ending the two-tier pricing system and helping thousands of people across Lothian to cut costs while leaving the car at home.

“Every pound saved on a commute is money that can instead go towards heating, eating, and other expenses this winter.

“It’s a game-changing opportunity to transform habits, cut congestion, save money, and make our communities safer, cleaner and greener places to live and work.

“We’ve already seen how free bus travel for everyone under 22 has boosted bus use since we launched it last year, with tens of thousands of journeys being taken across Scotland every day.

“By helping people come back to public transport, and making our streets safer to walk, wheel and cycle, we are beginning to see the kind of positive, transformational change that Scottish Greens joined the government to deliver. Change that will help people, communities like the Lothians, and our planet.”

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