All you need to know about the new 'Millennial Railcard'

Lloyd Doyle
March 13, 2018

The launch of a new millennial railcard was branded a "shambles" today after the website selling the tickets crashed due to high demand.

Just 10,000 of the railcards - enough for one in 500 of the eligible population - were released by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) at about 7am, on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

Tuesday's nationwide launch follows a trial across the Greater Anglia network in December, during which another 10,000 railcards were made available.

Many felt a cap on the amount of railcards available was thoroughly unfairWhile others were left raging at the amount of time it took to actually get oneSome smug travellers actually did manage to get a card despite lengthy waitBut it didn't seem to have the intended impact on millennials' opinion on politics... However, only 10,000 went on sale and cash-strapped young people complained they were more hard to get hold of than Glastonbury tickets.

Demand for the railcard has been high since it went on sale this morning, with the official website crashing under the strain. "Sort out your website to make it fair!" "We're really sorry this is happing and have our whole team on it".

The one-year railcard for 26 to 30-year-olds costs £30 and offers a third-off most fares in England, Scotland and Wales. There is now a limited number of cards available while the scheme is trialled to assess the impact on revenue and passenger numbers, however, it is expected it will eventually be rolled out across the UK.

An RDG spokesman said: "The trial of the 26-30 Railcard is part of the rail industry's long-term plan to change, improve and boost communities by enabling more people to travel by train".

'Research being gathered as part of the 26-30 Railcard trial is being used to inform discussions with the Government about a national roll-out, and to develop new products that make leisure travel easier and better value for customers'.

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