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Aberdeen MSP asks Scotrail to launch football fans deal

Aberdeen MSP asks Scotrail to launch football fans deal

An Aberdeen MSP has asked Scotrail to introduce better deals for football fans.

The SNP's Kevin Stewart has written to Scotrail, asking whether it would be willing to replicate the fan deal that has just been established between Virgin Trains East Coast, Newcastle United FC and Sunderland AFC.

The deal, which was announced on Wednesday, will allow registered fans of the two clubs to book discounted travel for their teams' away games.

They will also be able to rebook their journey for free if the fixture is rescheduled and trains will be held back if games go to extra time.

Following Aberdeen's increased away crowds over the last season, Mr Stewart has proposed that Scotrail trials a similar scheme in the north east for Dons fans.

He went on to suggest that the scheme could be expanded to other clubs if it proved to be a success.

  (STV)
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The Aberdeen Central MSP, who has Pittodrie in his constituency, has welcomed the new scheme in England.

He said: "This is a great initiative by Virgin Trains, Newcastle United and Sunderland that will benefit all involved as well as the clubs' fans.

"It also has the added bonus of encouraging public transport, and therefore reducing the number of cars on the road on matchdays.

"With Aberdeen taking bumper crowds with them as they visit stadiums across the country, they would seem to me as the obvious choice for trialling a scheme like this in Scotland.

"I see no reason why this sort of scheme wouldn't be a success and, if it does prove to be, why it couldn't be rolled out to other Scottish clubs and other sports."

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