Rail fares in Renfrewshire are set to increase by 3.8% next year.

The announcement means the price of an annual season ticket between Johnstone and Glasgow will go up from £1,176 to £1,221, an increase of nearly £45.

A weekly ticket will go up by £1.12 to £30.51 and a monthly increase will be £4.30.

The increase from Paisley Gilmour To Glasgow Central will be 89p for weekly pass, £3.42 per month and £35.57 a year.

A monthly pass from Johnstone to Edinburgh would increase by £18 and £188 annually.

Neil Bibby, Labour MSP for West Scotland told Renfrewshire News: “It is wildly reckless to hit passengers with this rip-off rise while a cost of living crisis and a climate crisis rages on. 

“Renfrewshire passengers will be forced to cough up extra months before the rest of the UK because of the SNP Government’s decision to plough ahead with this in January. 

“For many people in Renfrewshire rail travel is essential for them to get to their work. We should be freezing rail fares not slapping passengers with the biggest hike in a decade.”

Mr Bibby, who is Scottish Labour’s transport spokesman, added: “ScotRail is due to come into public hands in a matter of months. If the SNP Government are happy to let fares spiral and routes be decimated, then their takeover will mean little more than a fresh coat of paint. 

“We need to show some real ambition for the future of ScotRail, so that we can finally put passengers first and build the green, affordable railway service we need.”

Transport Minister Graeme Dey, said: “For over a decade the Scottish government has kept fares increases down by ensuring they are in line with RPI, or even lower in the case of off-peak fares. Scottish rail fares remain, on average, 20% lower than across the rest of Great Britain.

“We know that any increase is unwelcome for passengers, however, the changes we are implementing this year are essential to our wider recovery plans.

“We challenged ScotRail to develop robust plans to increase revenue, while also seeking to identify efficiency savings that help put rail services on a sustainable footing. It is only right we implement proposals, such as this increase, where they make sense given the changes in passenger travel patterns.”

The price increase by Scotrail will go up by 3.8% across the whole of Scotland as well as Renfrewshire.

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