A brand spanking new rail card that extends half-price kid rail fares to 16 and 17 yr olds has been introduced nowadays (2 January 2019) by means of Delivery Secretary Chris Grayling.
The brand new 16 and 17 railcard will probably be introduced this coming September (2019) with as much as 1.2 million younger other people assured a 50% bargain on rail shuttle to coincide with the brand new instructional yr.
The announcement comes at the identical day the rail trade launches the 26 to 30 railcard, benefitting an additional 3 million other people with a 3rd off their shuttle. It now implies that rail travellers from the ages of 16 to 30 will be capable of get pleasure from cut-price fares around the nation.
Delivery Secretary Chris Grayling mentioned:
The brand new 16 and 17 and 26 to 30 railcard will reduce fares for a era of travellers, making sure extra younger other people than ever will be capable of shuttle on our railways for much less.
Nowadays’s announcement of a brand new 16 and 17 railcard may just reduce the price of shuttle by means of masses of kilos a yr for younger other people and their folks, making it less expensive to get to university, faculty and paintings.
This builds at the roll-out of the brand new 26 to 30 railcard and our document funding into our railways, making sure other people get the widespread, reasonably priced and dependable trips they deserve.
The brand new railcard will ensure 50% off rail shuttle till the cardholder reaches their 18th birthday. Additional main points will probably be to be had forward of the cardboard’s release in the summertime.
The transfer comes as the federal government freezes regulated fares in step with inflation for different travellers for the 6th yr operating. Since 2014 fares have, on reasonable, remained underneath the once a year inflation cap.
The federal government needs to look decrease fares at some point and has introduced root and department assessment of the rail trade taking a look at fares reform and affordability for passengers. Reforms will start in 2020.