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SCOTRAIL has announced it is expanding its Club 55 discount this autumn – to offer customers 16 extra days of cut-price travel.

It means over-55s will be able to travel anywhere in Scotland for £19 return from September 3 to November 30.

First class return journeys are also available on selected routes for £26.

Sean Duffy, ScotRail’s commercial director, said: “Club 55 continues to be our most popular offer, with more than 125,000 journeys made using these tickets last autumn.

“Now we’ve expanded it, to allow even more time for customers to make the most of the discount. It’s the perfect excuse to enjoy an autumn break before winter sets in.”

The deal allows return travel up to one month after the outward journey and includes travel to and from Berwick-upon-Tweed or Carlisle.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said: “ScotRail’s Club 55 promotion is a great way to encourage more passengers to get out and enjoy the rail experience and this extension is fantastic news.

“I welcome any initiative which gets more people onto the train, reduces their fares, and allows them to see more of Scotland.”

Holders of Senior Railcards or Disabled Persons Railcards who are 55 or over get the additional bonus of a further £2 discount.

Club 55 customers can start their journeys early, provided they do not arrive into Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen or Dundee before 9.30 a.m. on weekdays. This gives them plenty of time to enjoy a host of scenic journeys. Some evening conditions also apply.

Club 55 tickets are valid on all train operator services that run in Scotland, apart from the Caledonian Sleeper, private charter services and Sunday East Coast services between Aberdeen and Edinburgh in both directions including intermediate stations.

Details: www.scotrail.co.uk/club55.

Dyslexia talk

DYSLEXIA Scotland will be holding an information evening in St Andrew’s Church, Arbroath, next month.

The evening will take place on Tuesday, September 4, from 6.30 to 8 p.m.

Mary Evans, a Director of Dyslexia Scotland, will also speak about her experience of working with children and adults with dyslexia and special needs for over 40 years.

For information e-mail: lena@dyslexiascotland.org.uk