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Price hike for rail tickets

Section:  Annan and Eskdale, Dumfries and West, Lockerbie and Lochmaben, Moffat  | Tags:

RAIL commuters in the region have been dealt a New Year blow, as ticket prices are hiked up for 2019.

And South Scotland MSP and Scottish Labour Transport spokesman Colin Smyth has criticised the rail fare rise, which will see passengers hit with a 3.2 per cent increase in fares in January.

Regulated rail fares and season tickets will rise by 3.2 per cent, which will mean that a season ticket between Lockerbie and Edinburgh will go up to £5251, an increase of £163.

Meanwhile, a season ticket between Lockerbie and Glasgow will increase by £109 to £3529.

In addition, passengers between Dumfries and Glasgow will see season tickets increase by £139 to £4475.

Mr Smyth said: “Rail passengers are increasingly being plagued by cancellations, delays and often overcrowded trains on local services which are simply not frequent enough.

“To add insult to injury, they are now being hit by yet another rip-off rail fare rise, at a time when UK passengers are already paying the highest prices in Europe.

“Passengers are simply being used as cash cows for the privatised rail firms at a time when performance is at its lowest, with commuters from Lockerbie forking our another £163 for a season ticket to Edinburgh and £109 for a season ticket to Glasgow.”

He added: “In the short term, Scottish Labour are calling for a well deserved fare freeze for passengers in Dumfries and Galloway which sadly SNP and Tory Governments have so far refused.

“But ultimately we need to see an end to the failed rail privatisation and our trains brought under public ownership so they are run for passengers not profits.”

Responding, a ScotRail spokesman said: “Eighty-five per cent of our revenue comes from fares set by the Scottish Government, which decides how much our customers pay.

“We are investing millions of pounds to build the best railway Scotland has ever had.”

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