Paisley Liberal Democrat campaigner, Jack Clark, has called for the Scottish Government to freeze rail fares for at least the remainder of the year.

The Scottish Government froze fares at the start of the year when prices traditionally increase every January. However, six months later, fares increased by 4.8%, at the beginning of this week,

Jack Clark told Renfrewshire News: “The ScotRail fare rises are bleak news for rail users in Renfrewshire, with a return from Gilmour Street to Glasgow Central costing as much as £6.60.

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

“The response of the SNP/Green Government to the cost-of-living crisis has been abject. They have control of rail fares, 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.

“The Scottish Liberal Democrats will offer a public transport system that works for people and the environment.

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

“Doing this would help people out of cars and onto public transport. Saving them money and saving our planet.”

Headline Photo: Paisley Liberal Democrat campaigner Jack Clark
Photo Credit: Renfrewshire Lib Dems

By Ricky Kelly

Main writer for Renfrewshire News

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