RESIDENTS in East Renfrewshire are set to benefit from cheaper rail fares at peak times.

The news comes after the First Minister Humza Yousaf announced on Tuesday, April 18 that a six-month trial scrapping peak train fares will begin in October.

Mr Yousaf confirmed the plans as a part of a pilot to remove the fares from ScotRail services.

He said: “The evidence from this pilot – and our wider fair fares review – will allow us to bring forward further targeted measures, from next year onwards, to ensure that the costs of transports are more fairly shared.”

The move will mean train journeys will become more affordable at peak times and make travelling around Scotland easier.

Welcoming the news, Tom Arthur MSP said: “People in Renfrewshire South will benefit directly from these significant price cuts to peak rail fares, which couldn’t have come at a more needed time.

“From expanding free bus travel to under 22-year-olds, to putting money straight back into people’s pockets with reduced rail fares, the SNP is helping people where it matters and making real changes to support people financially.”