15 August 2019

Commuters across Scotland are set to pay hundreds of pounds more for their annual season ticket due to a rip-off rail fare rise from the SNP government.

Analysis by Scottish Labour shows that some season ticket passes are set to increase by more than £100. Key rip-off fare rises:

• Glasgow – Dundee, up £157 to £5,781

• Lockerbie – Edinburgh, up £147 to £5,399

• Dumfries – Glasgow, up £125 to £4,601

• Dundee – Edinburgh, up £124 to £4,572

• Milngavie – Edinburgh, up £132 to £4,864

• Stirling – Dundee, up £105 to £3,865

• Glasgow – Stranraer, up £119 to £4,399

Scottish Labour say it is simply unfair for commuters to have to pay more for a service plagued by delays, cancellations and over crowding.

Labour is committed to bringing our railways back into public hands to ensure passengers, not profits, are put first.

Scottish Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Colin Smyth, said:

“It is simply wrong that commuters will be forced to pay hundreds of pounds more for train services which are plagued by delays, cancellations and overcrowding.

"This rip off rail fare rise is unwanted, unwelcome and unnecessary and will hit thousands of working people who use Scotland’s railways to get to work.

"Passengers all across Scotland will feel the effects of this fare rise, with annual season tickets between Dundee and Glasgow and Lockerbie and Edinburgh costing over £5,000.

"The UK and Scottish rail franchise system is broken.

"Only Scottish Labour will bring our railways back under public ownership to ensure that these rip off rail fares end and that our railways serve the many, not the few.”

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