A LOCAL politician has praised cheaper rail fares for East Renfrewshire residents as part of a pilot scheme. 

West of Scotland MSP Ross Greer has said the scheme, which will see peak-time fares scrapped across Scotland, is a "game-changing opportunity".

Starting on Monday, October 2, it will see fares be decreased for six months - for example, a peak-time return fare from Barrhead to Glasgow will cost £4.40 instead of £6.60.

Hailing the more, Ross Greer MSP said he hopes it will help "thousands" people across the area to "cut costs while leaving the car at home."

He added: "Every pound saved on a commute is money that can instead go towards heating, eating, and other costs which are continuing to rise.

"This is a game-changing opportunity to transform habits, cut congestion, save money, and make our communities safer, cleaner, and greener places to live and work."