MSP: Rail fare rise on local line is ‘rip-off’

Pic Lisa Ferguson 16/02/2017''Livingston North Train Station
Pic Lisa Ferguson 16/02/2017''Livingston North Train Station

Rail commuters in Kirkintilloch and Bishopbriggs are set to be hit in the pocket after it was announced regulated rail fares and season tickets will rise by 2.8% in January.

West Scotland list Labour MSP Neil Bibby branded the rise in fares a “rip-off”.

According Mr Bibby, a season ticket from Lenzie to Glasgow will rise by £22.96 to £842.96 next year.

Mr Bibby said: “It’s simply unfair for hard-pressed Kirkintilloch and Bishopbriggs 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.

“It will hit thousands of working people in the local area and across Scotland 
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.”