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Scotrail kickstarts new semester with half-price train travel for students

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Scotrail has announced the return of their half-price ticket scheme for students.

The scheme, which runs from September 5 to September 25, gives students a 50% discount on Off-Peak train tickets. The offer is valid on every Scotrail service except travel to and from Lockerbie. 

Students must show a valid student ID card or other proof of student status in order to receive this offer. The tickets must be purchased from a staffed booking office or onboard – they cannot be bought online or a ticket vending machine. 

The discounted tickets come as the NUS reports that 96% of students are cutting back amid the current cost of living crisis.

Their research found that most students are struggling to afford their weekly shopping, transport to university, and energy bills at the current price. A spokesperson for the NUS said: “Huge increases to the price of bills, food, and living costs coupled with soaring rent has students on the brink.

“They can’t even cover the cost of getting to the library or classes.”

ScotRail Commercial Director, Lesley Kane, said: “Our half-price promotion has proven really popular with students in the past, so we’re proud to once again do our bit to help them make the most of Freshers Week and the start of term.

“Whether students are exploring Scotland before terms starts, going to university for the first time, or heading back to campus to resume their studies, we think this offer will provide a welcome boost to their finances at a time when we’re all feeling the pinch.”

Students can benefit from the offer multiple times but it cannot be used in conjunction with railcards or concessionary discounts and refunds are not possible.

Featured Image Credit: Gordon Valentine

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