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    • MSE Callum
    • By MSE Callum 12th Mar 18, 10:19 AM
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    MSE News: New 26-30 Railcard to be trialled...
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    • 12th Mar 18, 10:19 AM
    MSE News: New 26-30 Railcard to be trialled... 12th Mar 18 at 10:19 AM
    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
    • By aj23 12th Mar 18, 10:26 AM
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    • 12th Mar 18, 10:26 AM
    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.
    • mpa91
    • By mpa91 12th Mar 18, 12:48 PM
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    • 12th Mar 18, 12:48 PM
    I am 26 and my existing 16-25 railcard expires in September. Worth me getting this railcard too in case itís not available more widely come September, or is it likely the trial will have finished by then?
    • VT82
    • By VT82 12th Mar 18, 1:23 PM
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    • 12th Mar 18, 1:23 PM
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    • 12th Mar 18, 1:23 PM
    What on earth is the point of the 10,000 limit?
    • KeithP
    • By KeithP 12th Mar 18, 2:11 PM
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    • 12th Mar 18, 2:11 PM
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    • 12th Mar 18, 2:11 PM
    What on earth is the point of the 10,000 limit?
    Originally posted by VT82
    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.
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    • aj23
    • By aj23 12th Mar 18, 2:49 PM
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    • 12th Mar 18, 2:49 PM
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    • 12th Mar 18, 2:49 PM
    I am 26 and my existing 16-25 railcard expires in September. Worth me getting this railcard too in case itís not available more widely come September, or is it likely the trial will have finished by then?
    Originally posted by mpa91
    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.
    • VT82
    • By VT82 12th Mar 18, 3:23 PM
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    • 12th Mar 18, 3:23 PM
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    • 12th Mar 18, 3:23 PM
    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.
    Originally posted by KeithP
    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.
    • mpa91
    • By mpa91 12th Mar 18, 3:51 PM
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    • 12th Mar 18, 3:51 PM
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    • 12th Mar 18, 3:51 PM
    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.
    Originally posted by aj23
    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.
    • giraffe69
    • By giraffe69 13th Mar 18, 11:42 AM
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    • 13th Mar 18, 11:42 AM
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    • 13th Mar 18, 11:42 AM
    Well. The website crashed today so perhaps they are not ready for the nationwide roll out yet.
    • KeithP
    • By KeithP 13th Mar 18, 2:12 PM
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    They either want to promote rail travel amongst 26-30 year olds, or they don't.
    Originally posted by VT82
    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.
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    • redux
    • By redux 15th Mar 18, 9:08 AM
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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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