26-30 Rail­card to go live this year

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The new 26-30 Rail­card, which gives peo­ple be­tween those ages 34% off all rail jour­neys, is to launch na­tion­wide be­fore the end of the year, ac­cord­ing to the Rail De­liv­ery Group.

Uniquely, it is a dig­i­tal-only rail­card that can be down­loaded onto a mo­bile tele­phone ap­pli­ca­tion. It costs £30 and is based on a pi­lot scheme that be­gan in De­cem­ber last year.

RAIL Fares and Timetable Con­sul­tant Barry Doe says the rail­card of­fers all the dis­counts the 16-25 Rail­card does (34% off all Stan­dard Class walk-on fares and all First and Stan­dard ad­vance fares), ex­cept that no dis­count is avail­able on any ded­i­cated Cale­do­nian Sleeper ticket. The Sleeper may still be used by us­ing nor­mal dis­counted walk-on tick­ets and pay­ing the £75 berth fee.

There is a min­i­mum fare of £12 for travel on Mon­days-Fri­days on trains de­part­ing be­tween 0430 and 0959 (there is no min­i­mum fare on ad­vance tick­ets), but un­like the 16-25 Rail­card there is no re­lax­ation of this min­i­mum fare in July and Au­gust.

The rail­card may be ‘added’ to an Oys­ter card to ob­tain a dis­count on all off-peak Oys­ter fares.

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