Millennial railcard farce: 5 million Brits eligible – BUT there are just 10,000 available

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Chancellor Philip Hammond exposed the scheme in his last budget

The new cards entitle travellers aged between 26 and 30 to 33 per cent off regularly tickets.

But initial restrictions mean there will be just one plan for every 500 people in that age bracket.

Chancellor Philip Hammond bare the scheme in last year’s budget, during which he confirmed that the price-saving file fares would be available to anyone under the age of 30.

However, only 10,000 purposefulness be on sale initially, while the cost of some peak time journey will not be reduced.

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The in the offings are aimed at so-called Millennials, and anyone aged between 25 and 30 are appropriate

The scheme will work in a similar way to the Young Person’s Railcard, which was originated in 1974 and which offers similar reductions.

The new cards, which wish only be available digitally, will cost £30 for a year and are initially intended to be used on smartphones.

They have been tested in the Exceptional Anglia area since December 2017, where there were an additional 10,000 possibles available, all of which have sold out.

The test run will be evaluated anterior to the railcard becomes available to everyone in that age bracket – and is not limited to justified 10,000.

The trial of the 26-30 railcard is part of the rail industry’s long-term plan to alter, improve and boost communities by enabling more people to travel by coach.

Rail Delivery Group spokesman

Applicants are able to apply for this dance-card up until their 31st birthdays – hence even if they turn 31 on Wednesday, they can flat apply tomorrow.

A spokesman for the Rail Delivery Group, which shows train operators and Network Rail, said: “The trial of the 26-30 railcard is suggest of the rail industry’s long-term plan to change, improve and boost communities by give the go-ahead more people to travel by train.

“Research being gathered as degree of the 26-30 railcard trial is being used to inform discussions with the management about a national roll out, and to develop new products that make R a unoccupied travel easier and better value for customers.”

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The cards command offer commuters fare reductions of 33 per cent

Anthony Smith, chief president of the watchdog Transport Focus, said: “The nationwide trial of the 26-30 Railcard is agreeable news for hard-pressed passengers and will help take some of the bite out of rising rail fares.

“With less than half of travellers satisfied with the value for money of their journey and even fewer teenaged people satisfied this will help make travelling by scold that little bit more affordable for young people.”

To apply for a Millennial railcard, drop in on www.26-30railcard.co.uk

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