Following the welcome news that travel companies such as Eurostar and Network Rail have offered people arriving from Ukraine free travel, ScotRail has now announced they will also be helping those coming to the UK navigate the Scottish transport network.
Scotland’s rail network, can be a bit tricky at the best of times, and that’s before you factor in the severity of fleeing your country from a truly terrible situation and likely having travelled for many tiring hours already. Because of this, ScotRail are allowing newly arrived Ukrainian Nationals to use Scottish trains free of charge for 48 hours and all that is needed is a Ukrainian passport and boarding pass signalling arrival in the UK.
This news comes after a sign was recently placed on a table in Glasgow Central station welcoming Ukrainian refugees to the city. The sign read in Ukrainian: “Welcome to Scotland. If you have just arrived here for the first time, we have staff at our stations in Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Central who can help you with accommodation, food and medical needs.”
The offer of free travel is valid across all National Rail train operators, light rail services, including ScotRail, and the majority of bus and coach services in Scotland, as well as in England and Wales, and those arriving from Ukraine will have 48 hours from arrival in the UK to complete their journey. It is hoped that the scheme can, even in the smallest of ways, reduce the unthinkable level of stress; as well as help Ukrainian nationals reunite with their families or make their way to new accommodation.