TSSA today welcomed Humza Yousaf’s announcement that peak time rail fares will be scrapped on ScotRail services from October but condemned the “delays” in its implementation.
The decision to scrap peak fares on ScotRail for six months was first announced in December 2022 by then Deputy First Minister John Swinney. Today Humza Yousaf confirmed that the “pilot programme” will run from October 2023, ten months after Mr Swinney’s announcement.
TSSA, together with the other rail unions, had called for peak time rail fares to be scrapped in their report “A Vision for Scotland’s Railway” which was published in November 2021.
Interim General Secretary Peter Pendle said: “The scrapping of peak time ScotRail fares is welcome news - but as with many things on ScotRail, it’s been delayed!
“Commuters will still be paying peak rate rail fares for another six months – that’s simply not good enough in this cost of living crisis.
“When the peak fares are finally scrapped, this cannot just be a short-term gimmick. Hard-working Scottish commuters don’t deserve to be punished for travelling at a time of day that suits their employers. ScotRail peak fares must be abolished for good!”