Monday 28th May 2012 | 11:29
SNP: Local MSP Welcomes Reduced Rail Fares to Stranraer
SNP press release
People travelling from Glasgow to Stranraer will benefit from a pilot scheme that will see fares reduced by 65 per cent to help support the development of the town’s waterfront area.
Local SNP MSP Aileen McLeod welcomed the announcement from Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment, that a return from Glasgow will cost £15.
The promotion, running during August and September, is part of a wider package of measures designed to regenerate Stranraer’s waterfront and town centre following Stena’s relocation to Old House Point.
Dr McLeod, SNP MSP for South of Scotland, has lobbied for a secure future for the line and said:
“I am absolutely delighted with this announcement that will encourage more people to visit Stranraer, as a return from Glasgow will cost only £15 during the promotion period.
“This is a significant saving for passengers, alongside a flat fare of £2 for children who are accompanied by an adult during the period.
“I believe this will make a real difference to the future of the line and help to substantially increase the numbers of passengers who use it.
“Last year the Scottish Government said it was totally committed to keeping the line open and today’s announcement is proof of that intention.
“Not only does this improve Stranraer’s connectivity with the central belt, it will also help in promoting Stranraer as a visitor destination in its own right. This is key to the economic development of the whole area.
“I would encourage people to visit Stranraer by train – there is a warm welcome, beautiful scenery and lots to discover.”