As someone who recently started having to go without a 16-25 rail card, it's pretty horrifying to see exactly how much train tickets are when you don't get that juicy third off the regular price. Luckily things might be changing, because a new 'millennial' rail card is launching next year for people between the ages of 26 and 30.
According to MoneySavingExpert.com the new card will initially be trialled by Greater Anglia Railways in December, with 10,000 cards available. Internal documents from the Rail Delivery Group then claim that the card will be available nationally sometime in early 2018. It's expected that this will be an extension of the trial, with a further 10,000 cards available.
The group, which represents train companies, has apparently refused to comment on the story.
MoneySavingExpert.com also notes a number of details within the document, and while they are unconfirmed at this point, it all sounds quite good. If accurate the new discount card will likely offer a third off train ticket prices, available to everyone between the ages of 16 and 30 up to the day before their 31st birthday. Unlike the 16-25 railcard, however, the card is only likely to be available for a year at a time and will be digital-only rather than a physical card.
This is great news, though anyone reaching the end of their 30th year on this earth is likely to be a bit bitter about missing out. Still with the price of train tickets almost as out of control as house prices, anyone getting any sort of guaranteed discount if cause for celebration. Now if only the government could sort out a way to ensure everyone doesn't get royally screwed by rail companies o a regular basis, that would be incredible. [MoneysavingExpert.com via The Telegraph]