Commuters across Scotland are set to pay hundreds of pounds more for their commute to work due to a rip-off rail fare rise from the SNP government. Some annual passes are set to increase by more than £100, with all rail fares set to rise by 2.8% from January.

Dumbarton constituency MSP, Jackie Baillie, has said the rise is unwelcome following almost a year of poor service for commuters in her constituency. Passengers from Dumbarton, Alexandria and Helensburgh have suffered from late and cancelled trains and many appearing with too few carriages so passengers are crammed in like sardines. Since last October commuters have been missing appointments, work, college and university.

The MSP is calling for the Abellio franchise to be terminated and the railways to be brought back into public hands to ensure passengers are put before profits.

Jackie said:

“It is astonishing that rail fares are set to rise by almost three percent, despite wages not rising at the same rate and passengers being expected to simply accept the poor performance.

“This rip off rail fare rise is unwanted, unwelcome and unnecessary and will hit thousands of working people who rely on the railway to get to work.

“This rail franchise is broken, it is time it is terminated. Only bringing the railways back into public hands will ensure that passengers are put before profits.”

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