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North-east rail users see peak-time ScotRail fares scrapped for a further three months

By David Porter

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A pilot scheme scrapping peak-time ScotRail fares is being extended by the Scottish government for a further three months and will now run until September 27.

The scheme which means that fares are priced the same at all times of the day has been in place since last October and was initially due to last six months but was then extended until June 28.

First Minister John Swinney announced the extensions: “The Scottish government’s ambition to enhance our railways and make public transport easier and more affordable is clear. We know new rail investment can create real education, business and tourism opportunities and help breathe life into communities. Bold initiatives such as our ScotRail Peak Fares Removal pilot help build on this investment by encouraging more people to switch from car and opt to use the train."

Not all routes saw a positive outcome with the Inverness-Elgin, and Glasgow-Stirling routes loosing their super off-peak day returns.

ScotRail managing director Joanne Maguire said: "We are delighted that the Scottish government has decided to extend the trial, and it gives even more people the opportunity to take advantage of more affordable journeys."

MP Richard Thomson, pictured at Inverurie station has welcomed the fare drop extension.
MP Richard Thomson, pictured at Inverurie station has welcomed the fare drop extension.

Gordon MP Richard Thomson whose constituency includes stations in Inverurie and Huntly said: “This extension of all-day off-peak fares means that passengers will continue to benefit from cheaper and simpler fares, and I hope will encourage more people to travel by train. Whilst the scheme is being used to gather data on how the changes affect passenger numbers, it’s also a very welcome boost to regular travellers who will benefit from cheaper fares for longer and helps household budgets during Westminster’s cost-of-living crisis.”

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