The SNP has welcomed a commitment from Scotland’s Transport Minister that rail fares will be kept low – capping annual fare rises at one per cent above inflation.
In today’s Herald, Keith Brown said one of the Scottish Government’s commitments is “bearing down on fares”, which will encourage more people to use the railways.
The SNP Government’s growth strategy is in stark contrast to the UK Government’s austerity agenda which plans to introduce RPI +3% fare increases in January 2013.
James Dornan, SNP MSP for Glasgow Cathcart, said: “Rail fares are being kept low under the SNP Government which is making a real difference to people using Scotland’s rail network.
“Keeping costs down will also helping to substantially increase the number of passengers – which will address the level of subsidy and encourage people to ditch their cars.
“Mr Brown’s pledge reinforces that the SNP is committed to providing excellent rail services across the country."
Mr Dornan added: “This is in stark contrast to the Tory-LibDem austerity agenda. While the SNP pledges to cap annual fare rises at 1%, the UK Government is introducing a 3% rise next January.
“What this demonstrates is the need for Scotland to be in charge of all its own affairs by a Scottish Parliament, 100% directly elected by the people of Scotland.