ScotRail announce half price seats on off-peak services from May 9

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ScotRail have announced that next week from May 9 until the May 15, there will be a reduction of 50% on the price of all off-peak weekday services between two train stations within Scotland.

The promotion, which was intended to occur in January but was delayed due to the pandemic, is valid on outward journeys which take place from May 9 until the end of the month. However, there are a few eligibility criteria, tickets will have to be booked online using a special link which will become available on May 9 and return travel must be concluded by June 30 this year.

The offer can be combined with pre-existing ScotRail discounts such as the “Kids for a Quid” discount, which allows children to travel for £1 return for every paying adult in the party on any weekend or off peak journey.

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Commenting on the announcement, Commercial Director of ScotRail, Lesley Kane said that the pandemic had “fundamentally” changed the way people use transport but that it was “crucial” that customers returned to Scotland’s railways.

Kane said: “We hope this offer means more people can get out and enjoy Scotland throughout the month of May, whether for a day out or a holiday.”

Chris Gibb, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Scottish Rail Holdings acknowledged the financial pressures that many customers are facing.

He said: “We want people to come back to rail but know that we need to make it affordable to be a truly attractive alternative to using the car.

“By opening up this offer to all weekday off-peak travel across Scotland, passengers across the length and breadth of the country will be able to benefit from savings on the cost of public transport.”

Further information can be found on the ScotRail website here.

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