Rail Fares

– in the Scottish Parliament at on 21 December 2023.

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Photo of Graham Simpson Graham Simpson Conservative

The First Minister’s gift to hard-pressed rail passengers was the announcement of a near 9 per cent increase in fares, which is way above the current level of inflation. At a time when we should be doing all that we can to encourage more people to use the train, why is the First Minister doing the opposite?

Photo of Humza Yousaf Humza Yousaf Scottish National Party

This is the Government that has abolished and scrapped peak rail fares through our current pilot. This is the Government that froze fares for a number of years.

We again get to the contradiction at the heart of all Conservative contributions, which is that they demand that we spend more money—in this case, on rail services—but oppose every single revenue-raising option. In fact, they go further: they demand tax cuts for the wealthiest in the country. If we had listened to Graham Simpson, Douglas Ross and Liz Smith, we would have £1.5 billion less revenue to spend. Thank goodness we do not listen to the Conservative Party.