ScotRail have announced that regulated fares will increase by 6% from January 2012. Currently a one month season ticket between Glasgow Queen Street and Edinburgh Waverly would set a person back £306.10. From January this will rise to £324.50 each month.
At a time when salaries are being frozen or cut and other household expenses such as electricity and gas and food are increasing this represents a further pressure on already tight household expenses. ScotRail argues that this price rise will help them to “continue to invest in service improvements while ensuring that rail travel remains value for money.”
This will not be welcomed by most regular users of the ScotRail network who will see it as an addition expense which they can probably ill afford in the current economic climate.
When asked about people feeling as though they were being priced off the rail network in Scotland ScotRail had nothing further to add.