ScotRail accused of 'scrooge' tactics after ending free travel for kids
The crisis-stricken firm is set to end free rail travel for children, with parents expected to cough up £1 when they want to travel with their kids.
In a statement, Scotrail confirmed the introduction of the new tickets, adding: “We are committed to providing our customers with the opportunity to travel across our services and the Kids for a Quid offer is available on a wider range of adult tickets."
A ScotRail employee reportedly admitted to the Daily Record that: “Commuters already pay over the odds for a service that has been blighted with delays and train cancellations.
“Now Abellio are binning one of the few things that put a smile on travellers’ faces — being able to take the kids anywhere in the country free for a day out.”
Labour’s transport spokesperson, Colin Smyth, said he was 'saddened' by ScotRail's decision.
“With Christmas less than a few weeks away it is sad to see bosses at ScotRail acting like Scrooge by taking free rail travel away from children across Scotland." he added.
“The Kids Go Free scheme is a fantastic initiative which encourages families to use public transport and not be out of pocket for doing so."
“This rip-off fare rise will see passengers handing out even more money to a private company which is failing them time and time again."
“I hope ScotRail see sense and give our children the gift of free rail travel for another year this Christmas.”
The announcement comes as ScotRail was thrown into chaos this morning, with a spate of cancellations between Glasgow Queens Street, Alloa, Glenrothes and Edinburgh Waverly.
The firm blamed 'staff shortages' for the disrupted travel.