A NEW railcard
for 16-17-year-olds will be available from next week, the Department for Transport has confirmed.
The new railcard
, which will be available in time for the new school year in September, will guarantee half price rail travel until each cardholder's 18th birthday and is expected to benefit more than one million young people nationwide.
In 2018, a total of 16,209 residents used Network Rail's disabled person's railcard
, compared with 9,597 in 2015, an increase of 68 per cent.
While paper railcards
can be sent to your home address or collected at your nearest station, there is now a digital railcard
option that allows travellers to instantly buy and download one straight to the Railcard
App (viaGoogle PlayoriTunes) on a smartphone.
But it took me back to the days when, thanks to my student railcard
, I could travel huge distances for not much money, on trains which were rarely overcrowded because they'd simply stick a couple more carriages on the back - a system today's rail operators seem loathe to, or are unable to, operate.
will only be available online, through theRailcard website here.
An estimated 4.5 million people could benefit from the upcoming Railcards
, which will cost [pounds sterling]30 per annum.
The 26-30 railcard
is set to be rolled out nationally before the end of 2018 - following a successful trial.
National Rail's Family and Friends Railcard
offers discounts on rail fares - but did you know it also gives cut-price entry to some of the capital's most popular tourist attractions?
"With the introduction of digital railcards
customers no longer have to worry about losing or forgetting them and if the phone runs out of battery it can be transferred on to another smartphone."
Chancellor Philip Hammond said in his Budget speech in November that the railcards
would give "4.5 million more young people a third off their rail fares".
provide a third off train travel, making it easier than ever to explore Britain for less."