The Millennial Railcard Launched Today But You Will Need To Apply Quickly

Darnell Taylor
March 14, 2018

Despite the Chancellor's announcement in November that the new railcard would give "4.5 million more young people a third off their rail fares", the release of only 10,000 means that instead there will be enough for one in 500 of the eligible population.

New railcards have gone on sale online, but with only 10,000 available the website is struggling to cope with demand.

From today, 10,000 26-30 Railcards have been made available at or over the phone on 0844 871 4036 for £30. This is due to the exceptionally high volume of traffic on the 26-30 Railcard website.

There was previously no nationwide railcard available for people between the ages of 26 and 59 travelling alone unless they were disabled or in the armed forces. The trial will end when all of the railcards are sold. "We recommend that customers continue trying the National Railcard website, and keep an eye on @_Railcards Twitter and Facebook pages for updates".

Twitter user Emily Thomas described trying to get the new railcard as being worse than trying to buy a Glastonbury ticket.

Meanwhile, Tom Drury, from London, wrote: "The launch of the new railcard is a shambles".

The railcard will only be available for one year, costs £30 for a year and will only be available digitally. The target group are leisure travellers, with no discounts on season tickets, and a £12 minimum fare on all journeys between 4.30am and 10am, excluding public holidays and weekends.

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However, 90 minutes later it was still impossible to buy the coveted card online.

A spokesperson for Rail Delivery Group, which represents the train companies and Network Rail said: "We're sorry to those who have been unable to buy a trial 26-30 Railcard this morning".

How much are the 26-30 railcards?

As The Independent revealed on 11 March, the first batch of railcards available to anyone in the United Kingdom born between 14 March 1987 and 13 March 1992 was due to be released on 13 March.

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.

If your phone runs out of battery or gets lost, the Railcard can be transferred to another mobile device.

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