ScotRail will extend its all-day off-peak fares trial until the end of September.

The pilot scheme of removing peak time ticket prices on the rail service was due to run from October 2023 until June 2024.

But First Minister John Swinney revealed that the period will be extended by another three months.

It is now scheduled to end on September 27, 2024.

He made the announcement during a visit to a Fife Expo at Waverley Station as part of the Levenmouth Rail link opening celebrations. 

He said: “The Scottish Government’s ambition to enhance our railways and make public transport easier and more affordable is clear.

“We know new rail investment can create real education, business and tourism opportunities and help breathe life into communities. This is currently most apparent with the soon-to-open £116m Levenmouth rail link.

“Bold initiatives such as our ScotRail Peak Fares Removal pilot help build on this investment by encouraging more people to switch from car and opt to use the train.

"By extending this pilot for a further three months, we can better understand its impacts in terms of encouraging people to choose rail. It also helps tackle inequalities by making commuting, day trips and access to leisure activities even more affordable for all.

“I would encourage passengers to use this opportunity, not just for the daily commute but to see all that Scotland has to offer - that might even include a trip on the Levenmouth rail link or a visit to the Fife Expo.

"People already benefitting from the Peak Fares Removal trial should encourage their friends and family to get on board and use it too.”

Joanne Maguire, ScotRail's managing director, added: “The removal of peak fares trial has been a hugely exciting opportunity for Scotland’s Railway to encourage more people across the country to choose rail travel.

“We are delighted that the Scottish Government has decided to extend the trial, and it gives even more people the opportunity to take advantage of more affordable journeys.

“Everyone at ScotRail is working hard to deliver the best possible journey experience for our customers, and encourage people to make travelling by train their mode of transport.”