ScotRail will cut prices in half next month in an effort to encourage people to get back on Scotland’s railways.
The rail franchise will slash 50 per cent off all off-peak services between any two stations in Scotland, Monday to Friday,
The offer was due to take place in January but had to be postponed due to a huge rise in Omicron cases.
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The tickets will only be available to purchase online via a dedicated booking link to be published on the ScotRail website.
Tickets will be made available to purchase between May 9 and May 15. Outward travel is valid between May 9 and May 31, with return travel to be completed by June 30.
Off-Peak train hours are identified as any time outside of the busiest hours in rail travel. This means you can buy off-peak travel after 9:15am on weekdays.
The seat sale will see return tickets from Lanark to Glasgow cost only £4.15, and a return ticket from Wishaw to Ayr costing just £6.60.
Other fares include Cumbernauld to Glasgow for just £2.20 return and Bellshill to Edinburgh for £4.85 return.
As part of the deal, ScotRail’s Kids for a Quid can be used in conjunction with the offer, which means up to four children can travel, for £1 return each, with each adult.
Lesley Kane, ScotRail commercial director, told Lanarkshire Live: “The pandemic has fundamentally changed the way people travel, and it is an absolute priority for ScotRail to do everything we can to attract customers to Scotland’s Railway.
“We are launching this fantastic offer because Scotland’s Railway is ‘Yours to Use’. We hope this offer means more people can get out and enjoy Scotland throughout the month of May, whether for a day out or a holiday.
“Traveling by train has many advantages over other modes of transport, and it’s crucial that we not only get our pre-pandemic customers back but also encourage more people to use the low-carbon alternative for their journeys.”
Since 2012, Scottish peak and off-peak regulated fares have increased by 38 per cent, research by the RMT union found in January, while the price of petrol had increased by less than 10 per cent.
Chris Gibb, chief executive officer of Scottish Rail Holdings, which oversees ScotRail on behalf of SNP ministers, said the Government “appreciates” this to be a short term offer.
He added: “That’s one of the reasons why it has committed to a fair fares review, which will consider public transport across differing modes and which will also look at affordability.”
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