Rail companies have announced that over 4 million people will be eligible to take advantage of 1/3 off their leisure journeys, for just £30 a year, when the National Rail 26-30 Railcard launches before the end of this year.
Launching nationwide as the first digital-only Railcard, the National Rail 26-30 Railcard will be available to buy at www.26-30railcard.co.uk and downloaded to the Railcard app on a smartphone. Once downloaded, customers can then start travelling (and saving) straight away, with no need to wait for the post. If their phone runs out of battery or gets lost it can be swapped to another mobile device.
Mark Lancaster, Milton Keynes North MP said:
“I am delighted with this announcement. Making the commuter experience better value for money and more flexible is a key part of our plan for residents of Milton Keynes. The current system is too complicated and inflexible. This is a great step, especially for young people and I am delighted they will be able to get hold of the railcard before the end of the year.”
Iain Stewart, Milton Keynes South MP added:
“This will be very welcome for the thousands of young professionals who live in Milton Keynes and travel to London regularly. The Government is undertaking a full review of the way we price tickets in the UK. There is a tipping point when the cost of commuting stops rail travel being an enabler for social mobility which must not happen.”
Jacqueline Starr, Managing Director of Customer Portfolio, Rail Delivery Group said: “Britain’s rail companies are excited to announce that the National Rail 26-30 Railcard will be available across the country before the end of the year. It means more young people can explore Britain for less using our trains and benefit from saving a third on rail travel, making it cheaper to get out and enjoy the seaside or visit family and friends.”
Originally piloted in East Anglia on 6th December, the trial was extended nationwide on 13th March to gather additional insights to ensure the National Rail 26-30 Railcard was the right product for this age group. Those taking part in trial took approximately 6 leisure journeys a month, covering an average of 400 miles, and if this trend continues, then National Rail 26-30 Railcard holders will save themselves an average of £125 a year when they travel by train.
More than 4 million existing Railcard customers save almost £600million a year on rail travel. Railcards enable customers to explore more of Great Britain, in an ultra-convenient and cost-effective way. The 26-30 Railcard is the seventh Railcard to launch since 1974.
The new Railcard is one of a number of measures that the rail industry is rolling out to improve for customers as part of its joint plan to change and improve. Last month, the rail industry announced that a new app to help disabled people will be used across the country next year and over the summer we carried out the first national consultation for easier fares. Next month, the rail ombudsman will launch and improve complaints handling for customers.
For more information about the National Rail 26-30 Railcard, visit www.26-30railcard.co.uk