Linlithgow has long been known as a ‘dormitory town’, ideally situated on the main train line between Edinburgh and Glasgow Queen Street, both destinations just minutes away for all those commuters packing onto trains during rush hour.
A return journey from Linlithgow to Edinburgh costs a shocking £11.20, while a similar journey from Lenzie to Glasgow Queen Street costs only £5.70. On a cost per minute basis that is about a third more! Of course, 2020 has shown us that not as many people as we thought need to make that journey as they transitioned to working from home almost overnight. And as the pandemic goes on, who is this affecting most?
Those who cannot work from home: including lower paid workers in hospitality and social care. “Those who can least afford the fares for an unreliable and poorly run service are those who are being hardest hit,” said Sally Pattle, Scottish Liberal Democrats candidate for Linlithgow.
The SNP has been justifying fare increases year after year. Back in 2017, the Transport Minister defended more fare increases saying that it:
“…allows us to continue to invest in improvements, to grow passenger numbers and to ensure rail travel is fair, affordable and an attractive alternative to travelling by car."
Join us in calling for an independent inquiry into how Scotland's railway network is run, so that so that West Lothian citizens can get a fair deal on fares.