Millennial railcard chaos as site crashes and only 10000 available

A trial is going ahead for the new railcard

A trial is going ahead for the new 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). "Research being gathered as part of the 26-30 Railcard trial is being used to inform discussions with the government about a national roll out, and to develop new products that make leisure travel easier and better value for customers".

A spokesman for said: "We've had an unprecedented number of people visiting..."

The cards costs £30 each year and will allow users to save a third off most fares, although the cost of some peak time travel will not be reduced and no discount will be given on season tickets.

However, the launch has been less than auspicious after the website selling the railcards crashed.

The millennial railcard announced in Philip Hammond's last Autumn Budget largely grants those aged 26-30 the same privileges as holders of the 16-25 railcard; that is, a third off all travel.

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The new railcard can be bought on the 26-30 railcard website. There will be a £12 minimum on tickets between 4.30am and 10am, excluding weekends and public holidays.

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 railcard must also be paid for by card.

This is slightly more nuanced than it first appears. Once purchased, you'll need to download it to the Railcard app on a smart phone and you can then start travelling (and saving) straight away. While anyone between 26-30 can buy the railcard, they are not the only ages that are eligible.

What it means: The plan was to extend the very popular Young Person's Railcard to include more people.

Unfortunately, only 10,000 railcards are on sale now because the initiative is still only being trialled. "We were prepared for demand to be similar to that of previous trial launches", said a spokeswoman for the Rail Delivery Group, which represents the train companies and Network Rail.

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