Council call to freeze 2017 rail fares

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West Lothian councillors are set to support a motion calling for a freeze in rail fares to help hard-up passengers.

The Labour administration at the council has put forward the motion for next week’s full council meeting ahead of the 1.9 per cent increase in train fares, which is to happen in January.

Labour Group Leader John McGinty said: “Labour is calling on West Lothian Council to support the call for a freeze on regulated rail fares in 2017, a move which would help many West Lothian based rail passengers.”

The council motion will also restate the call previously made by the Labour group for a public sector bid to run rail services in Scotland.