Make Rail Travel Free for COP26

Two Scotrail trains at platform

Today (Monday) Manuel Cortes issued a call to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to demonstrate Scotland’s green credentials by making rail travel free throughout COP26.

The call came as petrol prices across the UK hit a record high, and road closures for COP26 cause chaos and disruption around Glasgow.

Cortes said, “This is a simple win for Scotland. COP26 will focus minds on cleaner, greener energy, so what better time to offer commuters and visitors to Scotland free travel on our cleanest and greenest form of travel?

“Every passenger coming from Edinburgh who switches from car to train will save 10kg of CO2 for every journey – enough to boil 151 kettles!

“Offering free rail travel will not only incentivise passengers coming from outside of Glasgow to make the switch, it will make life simpler for Glaswegian commuters whose normal journeys have already been disrupted by road closures.

“Once people have given our fantastic Scottish rail network a try for COP26, and seen the benefits of quick, clean and green transport they’ll surely be encouraged to stick with rail. That will give the Scottish rail sector the boost in passengers it so desperately needs.”

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