New Railcard Means 16 and 17-Year-Olds Count as Kids Again

By Holly Brockwell on at

It's railcard day, apparently -- in addition to the Millennial Railcard finally launching (not its real name), the government has announced an unexpected new card that allows 16 and 17 year olds to travel on child fares again.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling (dubbed 'failing Grayling' by the people protesting general rail chaos today) says the railcard will give youngsters 50% off fares until their 18th birthday, and in classic fast-moving government style, won't launch until September.

Quoth Grayling:

"Today’s announcement of a new 16 & 17 Railcard could cut the cost of travel by hundreds of pounds a year for young people and their parents, making it cheaper to get to school, college and work.

This builds on the roll-out of the new 26-30 Railcard and our record investment into our railways, ensuring people get the frequent, affordable and reliable journeys they deserve."

Railcards won't fix the many problems with our transport system, but we're sure people young enough to actually use the new card will appreciate paying less for standing in the corridor by the bog.

Photo by Darren Bockman on Unsplash