Local Labour MSP Colin Smyth has hit out at the rip-off rail fare rise that will hit passengers across Ayrshire

Regulated rail fares increase in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI). As a result, a season ticket fare between Ayr and Glasgow will rise by £70 in January to £2,602. Season ticket fares between Kilmarnock and Glasgow will increase by £48 to £1,796.

Colin Smyth MSP thinks it is simply unfair that passengers across Ayrshire are burdened with these rip-off rail fares when passengers are constantly facing delays, cancellations and overcrowding.

Colin Smyth said, “These rail fare rises are unwanted, unwelcome and unnecessary. It is simply unfair that commuters across Ayrshire are being burdened with these rip-off rail fares for less than satisfactory services.

The cost of rail fares being paid by passengers is simply unacceptable with passengers commuting between Ayr and Glasgow are facing a season ticket rise of £70 and passengers between Kilmarnock and Glasgow face a rise of £48.

Scottish Labour is clear. It’s high time working people stopped having to pay such excessive fares to simply line the pockets of private companies. Only Labour is fighting for a publicly owned railway which will serve the many, not just the few.”

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