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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-02815: Oliver Mundell (Dumfriesshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 16 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what representations it has made regarding the cost of rail fares between stations in Dumfries and Galloway and the Central Belt.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 22 September 2016

Rail fares are set by franchisees on a commercial basis. For the majority of rail services between Dumfries and Galloway and the Central Belt, fares are set by ScotRail.

In the current franchise period, the Scottish Government has taken action to help keep ScotRail fares down: annual regulated ScotRail peak fares increases are capped at the level of the Retail Price Index (RPI) and off-peak regulated fares increases are capped at one per cent below RPI.

The regulation of fares on rail services from Glasgow to Lockerbie, operated by the InterCity West Coast franchise, is a matter for the UK Government.