Local Labour MSP Colin Smyth has hit out at the rip-off rail fare rise that will hit passengers on the Borders Railway.
Regulated rail fares increase in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI). As a result, a season ticket fare between Tweedbank and Edinburgh will rise by £78 in January to £2,898. Season ticket fares between Galashiels and Edinburgh will increase by £73 to £2,693.
Colin Smyth MSP thinks it is simply unfair that passengers on the Borders railway 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 in the Borders 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 to Edinburgh from Tweedbank will see season tickets increase by £78 while season tickets from Galashiels will increase by £78.
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.”