Jardine opposes bleak ScotRail fare rise

6 Jul 2023

Edinburgh West MP and Liberal Democrat Scotland Spokesperson Christine Jardine has today called for the Scottish Government to freeze rail fares for at least the remainder of the year, rather than hitting commuters and travellers in Edinburgh West with a 4.8% rise.  

The Scottish Government announced a fare freeze to great fanfare but it has only lasted six months (since January 2023), with fares now increasing by 4.8% from 3rd July. This rise comes on top of a previous fare increase of 3.8% in January 2022.   

Christine said:  

“The ScotRail fare rises are bleak news for rail users in Edinburgh West.  

“I am calling for fares to be frozen until at least the end of the year, providing much-needed respite for hardworking commuters and everyone travelling around Edinburgh West during these trying times.  

“The SNP/Green Government’s response to the cost-of-living crisis has been abject. Control of rail fares is within their hands, yet rail users are seeing price increases.  

“The short-lived fare freeze lasted just six months, a flagship sale cut the price of fewer than 1% of tickets sold, and we are still months away from even a trial of the long-promised removal of peak fares.  

“Scottish Liberal Democrats will offer a public transport system that works for all communities, for all ages, and for the climate.  

"We want to see fares cut, new options for two/three-day a week season tickets and for the government to work with the council to explore new lines, particularly in parts of the country that suffer from inadequate public transport links.”

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