A railcard enabling those aged between 26 and 30 to save a third on fares will be launched next spring, it has been confirmed today.
In today’s Budget, Chancellor Philip Hammond said: “I can announce a new railcard, for those aged 26-30. Giving 4.5 million more young people a third off their rail fares.”
The government says it will work with the industry on the card with further details to be announced later.
It had been widely reported that a nationwide 26-30 Railcard was going to be revealed following the news of a trial of a digital 26-30 Railcard for customers living in the Greater Anglia rail network area from 6 December 2017.
Paul Plummer, chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group, which represents the rail industry, comments: “It is good news that the government has chosen to build on the forthcoming trial of the 26-30 Railcard by Greater Anglia on behalf of the wider industry. A key commitment in our long-term plan is to enable more people to travel by train and that is why we developed this proposal."
However, if the nationwide scheme is the same as the existing 16-25 Railcard – here’s how to get one for free – and as the trial Greater Anglia trial, then the third off fares will only be available on standard anytime, off-peak, advance, and first-class advance fares; meaning no discounts on season tickets or for rail tickets purchased for commuting during peak times.
Meanwhile, until the new railcard comes into force, read our 11 tips to cut the cost of train travel.
How the Greater Anglia trial Railcard will work
Here are the key features of the Greater Anglia 26-30 Railcard trial, according to the Rail Delivery Group:
- There will be 10,000 digital railcards available as part of the trial, which will be available to buy online and will be available for those living within the Greater Anglia network - a list of eligible postcodes will be published on the website when the trial goes live.
- The railcard will cost £30 and will provide customers with a third off their rail fare. It will be available to purchase for a limited time only, but can be used by those customers right across the country for a year.
- The 26-30 Railcard will only be available to customers who are aged 26-30 (inclusive).
- The 26-30 Railcard will only be available as a digital Railcard, not as a physical card.
- The 26-30 Railcard will only be available as a one-year railcard; there won't be a three-year option because it’s only a trial.
- 26-30 Railcard holders will get 1/3 off standard anytime and off-peak fares, as well as off standard and first class advance fares, across the whole National Rail network.
- Between 04:30 and 10:00 Monday to Friday, a £12 minimum fare will be in applied to anytime and off-peak singles and returns.
- The 26-30 Railcard will be accepted by all train operating companies which operate passenger railway services in Great Britain, (except Eurostar).
- The card will give 1/3 off both individual off-peak fares and off-peak daily caps when an Oyster card has been registered for Railcard discounts. There is, however, no discount on Oyster pay-as-you-go peak fares.