ScotRail fares have increased by nearly nine per cent today (Monday) - but the removal of peak fares will continue until June. 

Following an extended fares freeze for season tickets and flexipasses in Scotland,all ScotRail fares will increase by 8.7 per cent.

The ScotRail peak fares removal pilot will be extended by three months until June 2024.

Ministers agreed these fares after lengthy consideration to ensure rail services are sustainable in the longer term and that budgets align with the overall funding available.

Fiona Hyslop, Minister for Transport said: “The Scottish Government rightly made the decision to freeze flexi-pass and season ticket prices as part of its response to the cost-of-living crisis.

"While this has now remained in place for almost two years, it is simply no longer sustainable. From April 1, all ScotRail fares will increase by 8.7 per cent.

"We know that any increase is unwelcome for passengers, therefore we have kept the rise as low as possible to maintain the attractiveness and affordability of rail as a travel option.

“We continue to look at ways to encourage greater rail use and that is why we are extending our peak fares pilot for a further three months until June 2024."