Fiona Hyslop local MSP and Transport Secretary Announces Extension to Pilot Scheme Scrapping Peak Fares

In her role as Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Transport, local MSP for the Linlithgow Constituency, Fiona Hyslop, announced an extension to the peak fare removal pilot on Scotland’s railways on Thursday 16th May.

The pilot scheme which came into effect last October, was originally due to end on 28th June, however, this will now continue for a further three months until the end of September.

Commenting Fiona said;

“This pilot which has been subsidised by the Scottish Government has been successful with commuters and will be extended for a further three months until September. Removing peak fares since last October has saved West Lothian commuters hundreds of pounds helping with the cost of living.

“Extending the pilot will allow for better understanding of its impacts in terms of encouraging people to switch from their cars to choose rail. It will also help tackle inequalities by making commuting, day trips and access to leisure activities even more affordable for all.

“For the removal of peak fares to continue it needs to be sustainable financially and if passengers want to continue to benefit from these cheaper fares I would ask that they encourage their friends, families, neighbours and work colleagues to use the train.”