On the day that Rail fares increased by an average of 3.1% in England and Wales despite a raft of issues on the network in 2018, a discount railcard for 26 to 30-year-olds went on sale at 12:00 GMT.
The fare increase is the highest since January 2013 and will see the price of some annual season tickets go up by more than £100. The rail industry says 98p of every pound spent on a ticket is invested back into the network but today’s price hike was called “yet another kick in the wallet” by campaign group Railfuture.
Over 4 million people will be eligible to take advantage of the new railcard giving them a 1/3 off their leisure journeys. This means it is only available on journeys after 10am and won’t help with the morning commute. Costing £30 a year, the National Rail 26-30 Railcard, which launched today, is the first digital-only Railcard, and is available to buy at www.26-30railcard.co.uk and downloaded to the Railcard app on a smartphone. Once downloaded, you can start travelling (and saving) straight away, with no need to wait for the post.
Based on a recent trial, Railcard holders making approximately 6 leisure journeys a month, covering an average of 400 miles, will be able to save themselves an average of £125 a year when they travel by train. Other ways to avoid the Rail fares increase is to try to substitute Rail journeys with those on the Transport For London (TFL) network, where prices were frozen for the third year running. This includes London Bus, Underground and Overground services.
Lime Tree Place – Witham to London Terminals – £4,568.00
Foundry – Luton – £4,308.00
Innova – East Croydon to Central Terminals – £1,820.00
Fabrick – Cheadle Hulme to Manchester (Central Zone) – £1,072.00