Last week in the budget the Chancellor announced that the 16-25 railcard was being extended, letting people aged 26-30 get a third off rail tickets nationwide. The card is set to be available nationwide next Spring, but a trial version is set to start next Wednesday, provided you have the right postcode.
We actually heard about this trial over a month ago before the budget leaks were even a thing. 20,000 of the 'millennial' railcards will be available from next week for people living in the Greater Anglia area. 213 postcodes are involved, with cards being distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis. Those postcards are:
- CB1, CB2, CB3, CB4, CB5, CB6, CB7, CB9, CB10, CB11, CB21, CB22, CB23, CB24, CB25
- CM0, CM1, CM2, CM3, CM4, CM5, CM6, CM7, CM8, CM9,CM11, CM12, CM13, CM14, CM15, CM16
- CO1, CO2, CO3, CO4, CO5, CO6, CO7, CO8, CO9, CO10, CO11, CO12, CO13, CO14, CO15, CO16
- E4, E7, E8, E10, E11, E12, E13, E15, E20, EC2M, EN1, EN2, EN3, EN7, EN8, EN9, EN10, EN11
- IG2, IG3, IF6, IG7
- IP1, IP2, IP3, IP4, IP5, IP6, IP7, IP8, IP9, IP10, IP11, IP12, IP13, IP14, IP15, IP16, IP17, IP18, IP19, IP20, IP21, IP22, IP23, IP24, IP25, IP26, IP27, IP28, IP29, IP30, IP31, IP32, IP33
- NR1, NR2, NR3, NR4, NR5, NR6, NR7, NR8, NR9, NR10, NR11, NR12, NR13, NR14, NR15, NR16, NR17, NR18, NR19, NR20, NR21, NR22, NR23, NR24, NR25, NR26, NR27
- PE1, PE2, PE3, PE4, PE5, PE6, PE7, PE8, PE9, PE10, PE11, PE12, PE13, PE14, PE15, PE16, PE19, PE26, PE27, PE28, PE29, PE30, PE31, PE32, PE33, PE34, PE35, PE36, PE37, PE38
- RM1, RM2, RM3, RM4, RM5, RM6, RM7, RM8, RM9, RM10, RM11, RM12
- E1, E2, E3, E5, E6, E9, E14, E16, E17, E18, E1W
- EC1A, EC1M, EC1N, EC1R, EC1V, EC1Y, EC2A, EC2N, EC2R, EC2V, EC2Y, EC3A, EC3M, EC3N, EC3R, EC3V, EC4A, EC4M, EC4N, EC4R, EC4V, EC4Y
- SS2, SS5, SS6, SS11, SS12, SS13, SG12, SG13, SG14
The 26-30 railcard functions in the same way as the 16-25 railcard, aside from the fact it's only available digitally and not as a physical card. You get 1/3 off travel tickets, though travelling between 4:30am and 10am comes with a minimum £12 fare. There are no geographical restrictions either, meaning you can use it nationwide with tickets for every rail company. Travellers in London can even link it to an Oyster Card to get a third off off-peak fares.
The cards are £30 for a year, and don't apply to season tickets. [Metro]