Scots rail fares frozen for third year in a row

ScotRail will freeze its off-peak fares for a third year in a row, but the cost of other ticket types will rise. Picture: Jane Barlow

ScotRail will freeze its off-peak fares for a third year in a row, but the cost of other ticket types will rise. Picture: Jane Barlow

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RAIL passengers will enjoy a third year of frozen ScotRail off-peak rail fares in 2016 - but they are expected to increase on cross-Border operators.

However, commuters will see peak fares and season tickets going up by 1 per cent from 2 January.

This compares to a 2.5 per cent rise this year.

The increase will add some 25p to the £23.10 peak (“anytime”) return between Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Peak fares on cross-Border trains run by Virgin Trains on the east and west coasts, CrossCountry and First TransPennine Express will rise by 1 per cent. The firms are also expected to raise off-peak fares.

Ticket price increases for the following year are based on the July rate of the Retail Prices Index (RPI) measure of inflation, which was revealed today as 1 per cent.

But ScotRail’s buy-on-the-day off-peak singles and returns change by RPI -1 per cent, so will remain unchanged.

These account for four in ten journeys.

ScotRail said it would announce any changes to its advanced purchase off-peak fares, such as super off-peak and advance tickets, in the autumn.

Infrastructure secretary Keith Brown said: “The Scottish Government wants to see more people take the train, and recognises that prices have to be affordable and fair.

“The continued freeze on the cost of off-peak rail fares, for the third consecutive year, will help encourage passengers to shift to more lightly-used services where possible.”

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