Millennial 26-30 railcard website crashes as thousands scramble for discount travel

Millennial 26-30 railcard website crashes as thousands scramble for discount travel

The website selling the new 26-30 railcards has crashed as bargain-hunting millennials attempt to bag one of the coveted trial discount cards on offer.

The cards could be applied for from today but as there are only 10,000 now available, they are being issued on a first-come, first-serve basis, the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) said.

A millennials railcard goes on sale on Tuesday, but only 10,000 will be available and they are unlikely to save regular commuters money.

The Government promised that up to 4.5million Brits aged 26-30 will benefit from the card, but 10,000 "millennial" railcards were made available today as part of a trial of the scheme.

Many passengers have expressed their frustration on social media at being unable to buy the cards.

Valid for one year and costing £30, the railcards are digital only and stored in an app on the user's phone.

The millennial railcard announced in Philip Hammond's last Autumn Budget largely grants those aged 26-30 the same privileges as holders of the 16-25 railcard; that is, a third off all travel. "Sort out your website to make it fair!"

The railcard was announced a year ago in the Budget by Chancellor Phillip Hammond when he said:"I can announce a new railcard for those aged 26 to 30, giving 4.5 million more young people a third off their rail fares".

Meanwhile, Tom Drury, from London, wrote: "The launch of the new railcard is a shambles". "Please bear with us, we've got the whole team working on it and hope we can have it back up shortly".

The card is aimed at leisure travel, and will not be applicable to season tickets. The card was previously only available to a limited number of people in East Anglia.

Although the decision to make travel cheaper for greater numbers of young people has been widely welcomed, some have said it does not go far enough to solve the transport and economic problems affecting the UK.

There was previously no nationwide railcard available for people travelling alone between the ages of 26 and 59 unless they were disabled or in the armed forces.

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