Ending peak train fares is a ticket to fairer, greener railways

Removing peak rail fares is working for people and planet.

The removal of peak rail fares is a vital step in supporting people and families through the cost of living crisis and making the switch from car to train, says the Scottish Greens transport spokesperson, Mark Ruskell MSP.

Beginning today, peak rail fares will be removed from all Scotrail services as part of a six-month pilot that has been funded as a result of negotiations between the Scottish Greens and the Scottish Government.

Mr Ruskell said:

“This is exactly the kind of bold, groundbreaking move that Scotland needs. It is a ticket to fairer, greener railways and will end the two-tier system that penalises people who have no choice about when they need to travel to work or study.

“So many people are having their budgets stretched by soaring prices in shops and a cost of living crisis that has been inflicted by Downing Street. It is vital that we support people, especially as we come into winter.

“There are households all over our country who will save hundreds of pounds a year as a result of the action we are taking. Every pound saved on a commute is money that can instead go towards heating, eating or other expenses.

“We are reshaping public transport in Scotland and building on the huge success of the free bus travel scheme which is helping household budgets while cutting climate emissions.

“With Scottish Greens in government, we are delivering this bold and transformative action that will save money, encourage people out of cars and help us to build a greener and better future.”

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