New railcard offers twosomes a third off rail fares
A new National Railcard for those of working age will be launched on Monday - with the aim of attracting couples who travel together.
Launched by train companies across the UK, the Two Together railcard gives couples and pairs of friends or relatives a third off adult rail fares when they travel together.
Two Together costs £30 a year and can be used as often as you like, so there is potential for great savings. The railcard is for two named individuals, aged 16 years or over, with two photos on the card.
It can be used to save on Standard and First Class Anytime, Off-Peak and Advance tickets for travel throughout Great Britain after 9.30am Monday to Friday and all day on weekends and bank holidays.
As an example of the savings you can make, two Super Off-Peak single tickets from Birmingham New Street to London Euston normally costs £45.80, but with the new railcard the two passengers can get to the capital for just £30.50 – a saving of £15.30.
Meanwhile, two Advance single tickets from Newcastle to Leeds will now cost £14.50 - a saving of £7.50.
It is expected that the average saving with a Two Together railcard will be £100 a year.
David Mapp, commercial director at the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC), said: "The Two Together railcard is the first new national railcard in 30 years and will make train journeys even more attractive for pairs of passengers nationwide.
"It's ideal for visiting family and friends, day trips or weekend breaks, so the Two Together railcard will encourage more people to leave the car at home and take the train instead.
"As well as savings on rail travel, the new railcard also offers savings on attractions, theatre shows, restaurants, hotels and more."