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New SNP position on transport unclear as fares cut extended

Rhodri Clark
22 May 2024
John Swinney: Bold initiatives such as our ScotRail peak fares removal pilot help build on this investment by encouraging more people to switch from car and opt to use the train
John Swinney: Bold initiatives such as our ScotRail peak fares removal pilot help build on this investment by encouraging more people to switch from car and opt to use the train

 

John Swinney, Scotland’s new First Minister, has extended the pilot of ScotRail peak fares removal, rather than making a permanent decision one way or the other.

When the pilot began in October, ministers expected to have enough information about the costs and benefits to make a permanent decision by March. The pilot was extended to enable the final decision to be made by the end of June.

Last week, Swinney announced a further extension until the end of September. “We know new rail...

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