Progress made in bid to se­cure fairer sys­tem of buy­ing cheap train tick­ets

The Oban Times - - News -

PROGRESS in se­cur­ing a ‘fairer’ sys­tem of buy­ing cheaper tick­ets on the Oban to Glas­gow rail route dur­ing peak hours has been made.

The cur­rent pric­ing struc­ture does not al­low any­one on the early train to get a dis­count as it is a ‘rush-hour train’ but regularly leaves the town with ‘only a few’ pas­sen­gers on board.

Dun­can Martin, a com­mu­nity coun­cil­lor in Oban, has asked the na­tional rail au­thor­ity for a ‘split ticket ex­emp­tion’ un­der rules in the train op­er­a­tors hand­book.

Mr Martin said: ‘I wrote to Abel­lio ScotRail and then had a long phone call with them but to date I have not re­ceived a writ­ten an­swer.

‘But there is a feel­ing that there is an in­con­sis­tency by the way other rail lines work with rush hour rul­ings.

‘In some places it is when a train ar­rives in Glas­gow rather than when it leaves the end of the line.’

Com­mu­nity coun­cil­lors said they be­lieved a re­view on the pric­ing struc­ture of the rail­way was al­ready in place, but would write again to ask for a face-to-face meet­ing with ScotRail.

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