A MORAY politician has slammed ScotRail for what he describes as "discriminatory" fares, which mean it can cost less to travel from Nairn to Aberdeen than from Keith to the Granite City.
Moray MSP Richard Lochhead has written to the rail company this week, after he said a constituent complained that advance fares from Nairn to Aberdeen were cheaper than advance fares from Keith, Elgin and Forres.
According to Mr Lochhead, the biggest difference was Forres to Aberdeen, where it was discovered that passengers booking in advance would have to pay £29.60 for a return journey – nearly £13 more than the cheapest fare from Nairn for passengers using the same trains.
The complexity of rail fares has long been a concern, according to Mr Lochhead, who described the latest issue as a prime example.
"The difference in cost for passengers boarding at Forres is quite unbelievably nearly £13 more than for passengers boarding further away at Nairn," he said.
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