Glasgow Southside rail commuters are being ripped off, says MSP

Scotrail passengers will face a 2.8 per cent rise in fares from January.
Scotrail passengers will face a 2.8 per cent rise in fares from January.

Commuters in East Renfrewshire and Glasgow’s Southside are set to be hit by rip-off rail fares, says West Scotland MSP Neil Bibby.

The Labour MSP said commuters are set to pay hundreds of pounds more to travel on ScotRail services after it was announced regulated rail fares and seasons tickets will increase by 2.8 per cent in January.

He highlighted the increase in the price of a number of season tickets, including:

• Barrhead to Glasgow – up £25 to £921.08;

• Clarkston to Glasgow – up £22.96 to £842.96.

Mr Bibby said: “It’s simply unfair for hard-pressed commuters to pay more and more for services which are continually plagued by delays, cancellations and overcrowding.

“This rip off fare increase is unwanted, unwelcome and unnecessary and will hit thousands of working people who use our railways to get to work.

“Scotland’s rail franchise system is broke, we need to bring ScotRail back into public hands to bring an end to these rip off fares and to deliver a railway system that puts passengers first not private train companies.”