Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

26-30 railcard: How to buy the millennial railcard

26-30 railcard: How to buy the millennial railcard

The new "millennial" rail card for people aged between 26 and 30, taking a third off "most rail fares across Britain", was announced past year before trialling in East Anglia in December, and now a larger "trial" is beginning tomorrow (Tues 13 March).

The trial will end when all of the railcards are sold.

Although 4.5 million people could benefit, just 10,000 railcards are being offered on a first come, first served basis - meaning only about one in 500 people in this age range will have one.

The railcard launched today and is part of a year long trial before the government decides whether the discounts are rolled out nationally.

Due to high demand "access to buy is limited", the website said.

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"Due to the unprecedented demand we have been working with our suppliers throughout the morning to further increase the capacity on the website to create a better experience for our customers".

Many people turned to Twitter to share their frustration at being unable to get on the website, with #railcard trending on the social networking site.

The scheme is now being trialledto assess the impact on revenue and passenger numbers, meaning only 10,000 are now available.

This new card costs £30 per year and will only be available digitally, meant to be used on smartphones. "Sort out your website to make it fair!' Others said it's worse than 'waiting in the Ticketmaster queue".

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.

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

There are 10,000 of the 26 to 30 railcards now available on a first-come, first-served bases.

The 26-30 Railcard won't apply to season tickets, Eurostar, and most London Underground and Docklands Light Railway tickets - unless using Oyster pay-as-you-go.

The website to buy the railcard, which would give eligible travellers a third off fares, crashed within minutes of opening and people aren't happy about it.

Between 04:30 and 10:00 Monday to Friday, a £12 minimum fare will apply.

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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.

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