'Millennials' railcard for 26-30s launches trial period


After the price hikes to rail fares in January, a 26-30 rail card could ease some financial pressure from millennials, especially those who rely on trains on a daily basis.

To apply for the millennial railcard, firstly you will need to do so very quickly on the 26-30 Railcard website.

Competition is fierce; an estimated five million British people are eligible for the 26-30 Railcard, which means there is only one for every 500 people in the 26-30 cohort.

Given the fact that the site has already crashed due to an unprecedented demand, it's pretty clear that a national roll out of the millennial railcards is a popular choice.

Anyone applying for the railcard will need to pay by card, have a proof of age, either through a driving licence or passport, and have a digital, passport-style photo. For a £30 flat fee, you get up to a third off all train tickets.

However, people trying to buy the national railcard today have experienced problems doing so as the website keeps crashing. "Sort out your website to make it fair!' Others said it's worse than 'waiting in the Ticketmaster queue". "Please bear with us, we've got the whole team working on it and hope we can have it back up shortly", said a spokesperson for railcard.co.uk.

Hours after the tickets were released, the National Railcards Twitter account issued an update, reassuring users that the railcards had not yet sold out.

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

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

Valid for one year and costing £30, the railcards are digital only and stored in an app on the user's phone.

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

Currently, people aged 16-25 can buy a railcard to get a third off their fares, as well as couples in a Two Together scheme, or families in a group card.

The card is aimed at leisure travellers, with no discounts on season tickets and a £12 minimum fare on all journeys between 4.30am and 10am, excluding weekends and public holidays.

The chaos surrounding the railcard's launch will see many disappointed, particularly those at the upper end of the age bracket for whom this was the last chance to enjoy discounted travel until they hit 60 and qualify for a Senior Railcard.