Rail fare rises to hit pensioners

Jo has slammed proposals by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport to increase rail fares for pensioners by fifty percent.

Journeys on Scotrail services and Glasgow’s Subway could cost 50% more for pensioners if plans being put to Strathclyde Concessionary Travel Scheme Joint Committee today go ahead.

Strathclyde Concessionary Travel Scheme offers cheaper fares for elderly and disabled passengers, who currently pay 40p for a single train and Subway ticket and 80p for a return. The proposals to be considered today would see an extra 20p added to the fare.

Commenting, Jo said:

“Scotrail provide an essential service to pensioners and disabled people in East Dunbartonshire and it would be very worrying to see the price of that service rise so dramatically. Public spending will have to be cut when the time is right, but Strathclyde Partnership for Transport should do all within their power to ensure this does not leave the most vulnerable sections of society worse off.”

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