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Scotland to abolish peak rail fares for six months




The
Scottish
Government



has
confirmed
that
it
is
suspending
peak
hour
train
fares
for
a
trial
period
of
six
months,
and
that
‘off-peak’
fares
will
be
available
all
day.



The
experiment
will
start
on
2
October
and
continue
until
29
March
next
year.



Transport
minister
Fiona
Hyslop
told
the
Scottish
Parliament
that
the
trial
is
a
‘key
part’
of
its
transport
commitments,
as
set
out
in
its
recent
Programme
for
Government.



She
said:
‘The
Programme
for
Government
makes
clear
our
commitment
to
encourage
a
shift
towards
sustainable
transport.
We
know
that
there
is
much
to
be
done
in
encouraging
people
back
to
rail
if
we
are
to
achieve
our
net
zero
targets.



‘This
peak
fare
removal
pilot
is
aimed
at
achieving
this
by
making
ticketing
simpler
with
off-peak
fares
valid
all
day.
This
is
an
exciting
and
unique
opportunity
to
encourage
more
people
to
choose
a
safe,
reliable,
and
greener
form
of
public
transport.’



Scotland’s
Railway
managing
director
Alex
Hynes
added:
‘This
is
a
hugely
exciting
opportunity
for
Scotland’s
Railway
to
encourage
more
people
across
the
country
to
choose
rail
travel
instead
of
using
the
car.



‘Everyone
at
ScotRail
is
working
hard
to
make
sure
that
this
six-month
trial
will
be
a
success,
and
we
will
be
monitoring
our
services
and
stations
daily
to
see
where
we
have
any
significant
increases
in
customer
journeys.



‘We
know
that
cost
and
simplicity
is
a
critical
factor
for
people
when
they
choose
how
to
travel.’



Although
peak
fares
will
not
be
charged
on
most
routes,
they
will
continue
to
apply
on
journeys
not
controlled
by
ScotRail,
such
as
Dunbar
to
Edinburgh.
Minimum
fares
will
also
apply
for
some
types
of
railcard
until
10.00,
while
the
Two
Together
railcard
will
be
excluded
before
09.30
on
weekdays.
Transport
Scotland
said
the
exceptions
have
to
be
made
because
they
are
part
of
wider
national
conditions
which
also
apply
in
England
and
Wales. 

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