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UK News 'Millennials' railcard launches nationwide

13:26  13 march  2018
13:26  13 march  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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A 'millennial' rail card is set to launch nationwide today, but only around one in 500 eligible will be able to get their hands on one. Image: The railcard would be carried digitally and would offer a third off rail fares. The card is aimed at leisure travel, and will not be applicable to season tickets.

The card would give a third off rail fares for people aged 26-30 © Getty The card would give a third off rail fares for people aged 26-30

A 'millennial' railcard is set to launch nationwide today, but only around one in 500 eligible will be able to get their hands on one.

The 26-30 card has been dubbed the millennial railcard, and was announced by Philip Hammond in his Budget speech in November, to give 4.5 million more people a third off their rail travel.

But only 10,000 will be released, meaning around one in 500 people in the age range will have one.

Millennials keen to apply for the card must register online and they will be allocated on a first come first served basis, the Rail Delivery Group said.

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A MILLENNIALS railcard that gives Brits aged 26-30 discounts on train travel is being launched . There was previously no nationwide railcard available for people travelling alone between the ages of 26 and 59 unless they were disabled or in the armed forces.

Great new product that has been trialled since 2011 is now available nationwide . But don't forget the kind of things that Railcards can be used on, such as certain London Tube tickets, Heathrow Express/Gatwick Express & more.

The railcard would be carried digitally and would offer a third off rail fares © Getty The railcard would be carried digitally and would offer a third off rail fares

The trial will assess the take-up of the cards, and the impact of revenue and passenger numbers.

They will cost £30 and be valid for a year, and will be digital, kept on an app on the user's phone rather than as a physical card in a wallet.

The card is aimed at leisure travel, and will not be applicable to season tickets. There will be a £12 minimum on tickets between 4.30am and 10am, excluding weekends and public holidays.

The first trial of the scheme was used on Greater Anglia services, with 10,000 sold.

Commuters on a Greater Anglia train at Shenfield in Essex © PA Commuters on a Greater Anglia train at Shenfield in Essex

An RDG spokesman said: "The trial of the 26-30 Railcard is part of the rail industry's long-term plan to change, improve and boost communities by enabling more people to travel by train.

"Research being gathered as part of the 26-30 Railcard trial is being used to inform discussions with the Government about a national roll-out, and to develop new products that make leisure travel easier and better value for customers."

Currently, people aged 16-25 can buy a railcard to get a third off their fares, as well as couples in a Two Together scheme, or families in a group card.

The majority of people would not be able to get additional discounts between the age of 25 and 60, when a senior railcard kicks in.

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