The 16-25 railcard has been extended in a bid to win over millennials
It has been announced that the 16-25 Railcard is being extended and so now people under 32 will be able to get a third off of their ticket fares as well.
The card costs £30 a year and saves passengers a third off of their normal ticket prices, which is a saving of around £150 a year. In January, The Rail Delivery Group confirmed that rail fares were to rise by 3.9%, which was the biggest price hike in five years.
The card will officially be called the 16-30 discount card, but young people can still benefit from it until the day before they turn 32 by applying for their last card on the eve of their 30th birthday. Nicknamed “The Millennials Card”, this railcard will be available from spring next year and will offer a third off fares for all off-peak trains.
The Chancellor, Philip Hammond has said he will use next week’s budget to announce the extension to the railcard. It has been said that the conservative government has offered these discounted train tickets in a bid to win over millennials and get back the young voters who voted in favour of the Labour party in Junes election. Experts have predicted that opening up the age boundary of this railcard will allow over 2 million more people to receive the discounted train fare. The Treasury said that the move will help keep the cost of living down for more young people. Sadly this won’t have any effect on commuters because you can't use the railcard during peak travel times or when buying season tickets, therefore young student commuters will still face a massive price rise.
The news of this new card has had mixed responses as some people think that it will not affect them, however, others happily welcomed the move. The 16-25 young persons railcard was first released in 1974 with the aim to fill more seats during off-peak times, which will be the hope of the new card being released to a larger age group.
People have taken to Twitter to voice their opinions on the matter:
I want guaranteed working hours, proper employment contracts and a minimum wage that covers everything from council tax to heating to a pint after an awful shift. I don't want a railcard that isn't even valid on commuter fares #Budget2017
— Fake Blood (@KateFlood) November 21, 2017
This new 16-30 railcard policy is strange to me. If most past the age of 25 are working, will they really benefit from this discount? hm
— claudia (@ohheyclaudiaaa) November 21, 2017
£10 minimum wage from age 18 and no university £9,250 fees or another 5 years to buy a £30 railcard? Feel the Cons need to do a bit more to lure younger voters from Corbyn
— Kevin Maguire (@Kevin_Maguire) November 21, 2017