26-30 Railcard to go live this year
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.