The abolition of costly peak time fares will be extended – saving commuters hundreds of pounds

The SNP Scottish Government has announced its trailblazing policy of abolishing peak time rail fares will be extended – again – for a further three months.

The extension until September 27th will allow commuters to use public transport during Scotland’s sunniest months and will encourage the public to use affordable public transport not just for their journeys to work – but take their friends and families on trips across Scotland to enjoy the summer.

The extension of the scheme relies on its viability though. So the more people who make use of the scheme, the more likely it is to stay.

The scheme saw the cost of a rush hour ticket between Glasgow and Edinburgh being nearly halved, from £28.90 down to £14.90 (a monthly Monday to Friday saving of £280). This could amount to annual savings of hundreds or thousands of pounds to regular commuters.

The SNP recognises that building on the years of progress we’ve made on Scotland’s infrastructure will be key to driving economic growth and relieving the burden on hardworking families.

We remain committed to the duelling of the A9, a lasting investment in the connectivity of the North East.

And last month, the MV Glen Rosa was launched into the Clyde – marking the much needed delivery that island communities have waited for.

The investments we are making in Scotland’s transport ecosystem will yield results for years to come. We are the party that completed Edinburgh’s tram network, abolished bridge tolls and completed the Queensferry crossing on time and under budget. We are proud to have achieved so much progress, where for decades Westminster had failed.

Together, we can build a wealthier, fairer and better connected nation that delivers for everyone.