The Millennial Railcard Launched Today But You Will Need To Apply Quickly

The Millennial Railcard Launched Today But You Will Need To Apply Quickly

In a post on Twitter, National Railcards wrote: "Due to unprecedented demand our website is struggling".

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. "We recommend that customers continue trying the National Railcard website, and keep an eye on @_Railcards Twitter and Facebook pages for updates".

David Sidebottom, passenger director at watchdog Transport Focus, said: "The nationwide trial of the 26-30 railcard should be welcome news for passengers facing stagnant or falling incomes but they will be extremely disappointed that they are unable to access the website". "Sort out your website to make it fair!' Others said it's worse than 'waiting in the Ticketmaster queue".

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

The site, railcard.co.uk, showed a message saying that "the service is unavailable" after a scramble for the new tickets for 26 to 30-year-olds.


It must be bought online and downloaded onto a smartphone. There will be a £12 minimum on tickets between 4.30am and 10am, excluding weekends and public holidays.

However, it's not good news for everyone, as the railcard can not be used on season tickets, which many working and commuting young people buy to make daily travel to work slightly cheaper. However, the website was still down as of 2pm on 13th March.

The railcard is digital-only and is available to buy online or over the phone - it is unavailable for purchase at rail stations.

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. While anyone between 26-30 can buy the railcard, they are not the only ages that are eligible. Therefore you can still apply up until the evening before your 31st birthday and travel for a full year afterwards. Meanwhile, purchasing the railcard over the phone is also proving hard - The Independent has been on hold for more than 40 minutes at the time of writing (with no end in sight).

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