A reduction journey scheme to encourage extra folks to make use of the practice benefited fewer than 1% of those that purchased tickets, it has emerged.
Scottish Labour has branded the SNP’s half value rail ticket scheme “farcical” and an try chase headlines fairly than deal with the rising value of transport.
The flagship scheme was hailed by the Transport Minister Jenny Gilruth as a response to the price of residing disaster and proof that the brand new publicly-owned ScotRail “is targeted on passengers’ wants and pursuits”.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon additionally welcomed the scheme, saying: “We wish folks to return to travelling by rail, however we all know that we have to make it inexpensive for it to be a very engaging various to utilizing the automotive”.
Nevertheless, Labour mentioned it didn’t apply to peak-time trains, weekend trains, and tickets purchased on the station.
Below a Freedom of Data request, Scottish Labour has discovered that simply 13,639 (0.88%) of 1,550,773 tickets purchased through the scheme’s period – 9 to 31 Could – benefited from the low cost.
Scottish Labour chief whip Rhoda Grant mentioned: “This farcical scheme lays naked the gulf between SNP spin and actuality.
“Folks desperately wanted a lifeline throughout the price of residing disaster, however this pitiful response is the very best the SNP might muster.
“This was a pathetic try to chase a headline on a budget – not a severe try to deal with rip-off fares and help our railways.
“This can be a damning image of the SNP’s lack of ambition for our publicly-owned railways, which have fallen into chaos because of the SNP’s relentless incompetence.”