AN MSP says commuters in Inverclyde have saved hundreds of pounds in the first month of a trial which saw ScotRail scrap its peak fares.

The six-month pilot, which was pushed for by the Scottish Greens, started on October 2, with passengers being charged off-peak prices at all times.

Green West Scotland MSP Ross Greer says that, to date, those buying five peak-time return tickets per week between Greenock and Glasgow have saved £100.

Passengers travelling daily between Greenock and Edinburgh have saved over £500.

Mr Greer said: “Many Inverclyde residents are already saving hundreds of pounds as a result of this Scottish Greens policy and I’m sure it is encouraging others who hadn’t previously travelled by train to begin doing so.

Greenock Telegraph: Ross GreerRoss Greer (Image: Newsquest)

“This trial is critical to our efforts to both help people through the cost of living crisis and to tackle the climate crisis by reducing emissions from cars.

“It’s yet another example of Greens in the Scottish Government delivering both for people and the planet.

“I’d strongly encourage local residents to make best use of these cheaper peak-time trains, which will in turn help us win the argument to make this change permanent.”