The new "millennial" rail card for people aged between 26 and 30, taking a third off "most rail fares across Britain", was announced previous year before trialling in East Anglia in December, and now a larger "trial" is beginning tomorrow (Tues 13 March). What's this?, but because travelling around is so important to the economy (it means people can get to work, or can visit other places, for example) the government is still quite involved in how it's run and how much those tickets can cost.
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. However, as only 10,000 millennial railcards were released nationwide - yes really, the race is on to bag a railcard and the application website has already crashed. Harriot Bishop wrote on Twitter: "Trying to get a 26-30 Railcard is about as painful as trying to get tickets for Take That's Progress tour in 2010 (and this is the least millennial reference you'll see on the subject today)". The discount for some during the morning commute is limited as a minimum fare of £12 applies to all journeys made before 10am, Monday to Friday.
In a message to the National Railcards Twitter account at 7.48am, youth worker Josh Booth, from Leeds, posted: "Been trying to get 26-30 railcard since 7am, your website crashing and been on hold on the phone since then". However, the website was still down as of 2pm on 13th March.
By 8am it had crashed, redirecting customers to a page that says "Service unavailable" when they click the "Buy now" button.
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The 26-30 Railcard will only be available to customers who are aged 26-30.
This is slightly more nuanced than it first appears.
How many are 26-30 railcards are on sale?
Only 10,000 railcards are being released during the trial. "We were prepared for demand to be similar to that of previous trial launches", said a spokeswoman for the Rail Delivery Group, which represents the train companies and Network Rail.