This morning, I was out early with Inverclyde Labour activists campaigning against the hike in Scotrail fares while we still have to put up with a substandard service in Inverclyde.

We were speaking to commuters at Greenock West, Gourock and Port Glasgow stations and the message from them was clear. Over the past year people in Inverclyde have faced the continuing use of old and dirty trains, late running and cancelled services and the end of the “kids go free” scheme. Despite this, fares increased last week by 2.8% – meaning already hard pressed working people have to go further to make ends meet.

The SNP Government have been in power for nearly 12 years and in that time we still haven’t seen the integrated public transport service they promised across the railway, buses and other modes of public transport. It’s time for a complete rethink of how our railway works, who owns it and how we can provide a reliable and affordable service for all.

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