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ScotRail offers 50 per cent off weekday off-peak tickets

By Lewis McBlane

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HALF price ScotRail tickets are now on offer.

Transport Minister Jenny Gilruth MSP, Scotrail area manager Pamela Young, station manager Bob Malcolm and station staff Mark Simpson launch the big sale.
Transport Minister Jenny Gilruth MSP, Scotrail area manager Pamela Young, station manager Bob Malcolm and station staff Mark Simpson launch the big sale.

Starting today (Monday, May 9) until Sunday, May 15, ScotRail are giving 50 per cent off all weekday off-peak tickets.

Aiming to boost use of Scotland’s railways, the discount will be available on all routes.

The offer is the latest part of the Yours to Use initiative.

Newly nationalised, ScotRail is being given the funding for the initiative by the Scottish Government.

Tickets must be booked by May 15, but travel can be on any date between May 9 and May 31 inclusive.

To get the discount, customers can purchase tickets online, by phone or by the ScotRail app, using discount code: SRSALE

ScotRail’s Kids for a Quid scheme can be used in conjunction with this offer, which means up to four children can travel for £1 return each with each adult.

Welcoming the new discount, Transport Minister Jenny Gilruth MSP said: “In February, I set out the Scottish Government’s vision for a publicly owned ScotRail as a rail service which is focussed on passengers’ needs and interests and provides value for money to the taxpayer.

"This offer is further demonstration of our commitment becoming a reality.

“The Scottish Government understands that people are struggling right now and that the costs of travelling have risen sharply.

"We want to show people that travelling by train might offer an alternative.

"Clearly there is more to do to make rail travel more affordable all year round and our fair fares review will look at the cost of travelling on all modes of public transport.

“Our National Conversation on rail services will also help shape what ScotRail services should look like in the long term – allowing the public, staff and our Trade Union partners to be part of that future vision.

"Public ownership should mean railways that work for the people and deliver for our communities and this Government remains committed to doing just that, working in partnership with ScotRail.”

Lesley Kane, ScotRail commercial director, said: “This fantastic offer will mean more people can get out and enjoy Scotland throughout the month of May, whether for a day out or a holiday, so make sure you buy your tickets before 15 May.

“The pandemic has fundamentally changed the way people travel, and it is an absolute priority for ScotRail to do everything we can to attract customers to Scotland’s Railway.

"This offer is a reminder that Scotland’s Railway is ‘Yours to Use’.

“Travelling by train has many advantages over other modes of transport, and it’s crucial that we not only get our pre-pandemic customers back, but also encourage more people to use the low-carbon alternative for their journeys.”

To book tickets: phone 0344 811 0153, visit scotrail.co.uk/sale or use the ScotRail app.

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