Late last month the Railcard people announced that the long-awaited 26-30 railcard would be going on general sale before the end of the year. In other words no trials, and no frantically trying to refresh the website to get yourself one before they all run out. The good news is that we now know the exact date it'll arrive, but the bad news is that it won't be the until 2nd January.
The railcard people had this to say about the slight delay:
We intended to launch the 26-30 Railcard by the end of the year, given how timings have worked out this would mean launching it over a bank holiday. When the 26-30 Railcard goes on sale we want to be able to provide you with the best possible experience.
That means it goes on sale on the first day everyone goes back to work, but it won't be available until midday. So you won't be able to get a discount on your trip to work that morning, which is annoying and seriously not ideal.
So if you want discounted travel between now and then you'll have to check out some of the other railcards supported in various parts of the country. Annoyingly my Network Railcard expired two days ago, which means any trips to London over the next month are going to cost me 1/3 more than they should. Unless I drop £30 off for a year of discount I inevitably won't use. Being an adult sucks.