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MSE News: New 26-30 Railcard to be trialled...

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Public Transport & Cycling
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Public Transport & Cycling
A nationwide trial of the new 26-30 Railcard will start on Tuesday, but if you want to get one you'll have to go quick, as there are only 10,000 available...
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'New 26-30 Railcard to be trialled nationwide - but there are only 10,000 up for grabs'
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  • aj23_2aj23_2 Forumite
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    Can it be made available in a plastic card please, not just digital. There are accessibility issues with digital/app only and there should be a choice. A plastic card is easier and simpler.
  • mpa91mpa91 Forumite
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    I am 26 and my existing 16-25 railcard expires in September. Worth me getting this railcard too in case it’s not available more widely come September, or is it likely the trial will have finished by then?
  • VT82VT82 Forumite
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    What on earth is the point of the 10,000 limit?
  • KeithPKeithP Forumite
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    VT82 wrote: »
    What on earth is the point of the 10,000 limit?
    Seems quite simple to me.

    My guess is that they want to continue to receive full fares from the people that do not form part of that first 10,000.
  • aj23_2aj23_2 Forumite
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    mpa91 wrote: »
    I am 26 and my existing 16-25 railcard expires in September. Worth me getting this railcard too in case it’s not available more widely come September, or is it likely the trial will have finished by then?

    You'll only get the benefit for six months as it's valid for a year. And you've already paid for the card you have for the remaining six months. If you live in the SE, then maybe get a Network Railcard in September? At least you'll get a year out of that for the same price.
  • VT82VT82 Forumite
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    KeithP wrote: »
    Seems quite simple to me.

    My guess is that they want to continue to receive full fares from the people that do not form part of that first 10,000.

    They either want to promote rail travel amongst 26-30 year olds, or they don't.


    The infrastructure they put in place will either work, or it won't. If it doesn't, the fact that there are 'only' 10,000 people affected will not be much relief.


    I still fail to see the point of an arbitrary 10,000 limit.
  • mpa91mpa91 Forumite
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    Aj23 wrote: »
    You'll only get the benefit for six months as it's valid for a year. And you've already paid for the card you have for the remaining six months. If you live in the SE, then maybe get a Network Railcard in September? At least you'll get a year out of that for the same price.

    I live in the SE but travel fairly regularly to Manchester to see family etc and therefore will definitely still get my money's worth over the 6 months. The question for me is, come September, will I be able to get hold of the 26-30 railcard or will I be stuck on having to pay full fare.
  • giraffe69giraffe69 Forumite
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    Well. The website crashed today so perhaps they are not ready for the nationwide roll out yet.
  • KeithPKeithP Forumite
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    VT82 wrote: »
    They either want to promote rail travel amongst 26-30 year olds, or they don't.
    I suggest their honest answer to that is - they don't.
    'They' being 'the railway' in this case.

    However, if 'they' were the government, then the answer to your question would be 'they do', because it may attract more votes.

    So 'the railway' are doing what they are told by their paymasters, but only doing as little as possible - to protect their revenue.
  • reduxredux Forumite
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    Government announcement last year: 4.5 million more young people will be able to save a third on rail fares.

    Then: trial for 10,000

    Website swamped and crashes, people in phone queues for an hour, but now already sold out in about a day.

    Worse than getting a Glastonbury ticket, was one comment.
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