Peak fares scrapped for a further 3 months

Friday May 17th 2024

Borders Railway - Eskbank Station

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

The Scottish Government has announced that peak fares on Scotrail trains will be scrapped over the Summer, with SNP MSP Christine Grahame for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale welcoming the announcement and encouraging constituents, especially commuters, to use the train to save money.

The pilot scheme, which came into effect in October last year, was originally due to end on 28th June, but will now continue for a further three months until the end of September.

Since the peak fares were abolished, passengers across Scotland have been saving as much as £26.20 per return journey on their journeys, with passengers on the Edinburgh-Tweedbank line saving £5.50 per journey.

Christine Grahame MSP has said that SNP Scottish Government action is making travel more affordable and accessible for households in Midlothian while helping to drive forward Scotland’s journey to Net Zero.

Commenting, Christine Grahame MSP said:

“It’s great that the SNP has said that peak fares will continue to be scrapped on Scotrail trains for a further three months – this is good news for commuters in Midlothian, who have benefited most from price cuts on rush hour journeys.

“Thanks to this continued funding, travellers local and new to Scotland will now be able to make the most of what our beautiful country has to offer this summer – and at an affordable price. This is sure to give an added boost to Scotland’s tourism sector, while putting money back into people’s pockets.

“Wherever it can, the SNP is supporting Scottish households through the Tory cost of living crisis, delivering on low-carbon travel and tackling the climate crisis.”

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