Discount railcards extended for people aged up to 30

Photo Above: Philip Hammond © UK Department for Internation Development on Flickr

Next month, the government will trial a 26-30 railcard, labelled the ‘millennial’ railcard, but only 10,000 will be on the list.

A catch in the new system means that millions of millennials are going to lose out because of a catch in the system, with no cards set to be trialled in Edinburgh, or Scotland as a whole.

Only East Anglia will be used to pilot the cards.

Andy Camp, Greater Anglia Commercial Director, said: “We’re very happy to be taking part in this pilot. We’re always looking for ways to make life a little easier for our customers.

“We know that many of our customers like the convenience of using their mobile phones as tickets, so this is a logical step forward for them – having a digital rail card and we’re thrilled to leading the way with this innovation.”

Commuters that will get their hands on the pilot cards will be based in Chelmsford, London, Cambridge, Romford, Ipswich, Norwich and Peterborough – posing the question of why Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland haven’t been included in this preliminary distribution.

Once the pilot is complete, the railcards are predicted to go into circulation next spring. This means commuters make have to wait up to five months before they can gain access to the card.

Jacqueline Starr, Managing Director of Customer Experience at the Rail Delivery Group explains: “The train companies, working together in partnership, are constantly carrying out research to develop new products that make leisure travel easier, and better value for money for its customers.

“The current trial will be used to gather customer insight to help us build on the millions of Railcard discounts we currently offer,” she continued.

The 26-30 railcard was confirmed by Philip Hammond in last week’s Autumn budget, with plans to keep the cost of living down for around 4.5 million more young people.

The current 16-25 railcard explained:

Travellers can save up to one third on their journeys all year round, making it a popular choice among regular travellers.

Customers choose between a one-year or three-year card.

1-year railcards are priced between £20-£30 and 3-year railcards are priced between £54-£70. These work out cheaper than buying a 1-year railcard for three consecutive years.

There’s no limit to the number of times you can use your Railcard. Some railcards will only give you a discounted fare, others will also cover the people travelling with you.

For more information about the 26-30 Railcard visit