Frustration as 'shambles' 26-30 railcard website crashes

A trial is going ahead for the new railcard

A trial is going ahead for the new railcard

From today, 10,000 26-30 Railcards have been made available at www.26-30railcard.co.uk or over the phone on 0844 871 4036 for £30.

However, it's not good news for everyone, as the railcard can not be used on season tickets, which many working and commuting young people buy to make daily travel to work slightly cheaper.

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.

However, people trying to buy the national railcard today have experienced problems doing so as the website keeps crashing.

26-30 Railcard holders will get 1/3 off standard anytime and off-peak fares, as well as off standard and first class advance fares, across the whole National Rail network.

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".

The 26-30 Railcard will only be available as a digital Railcard, not as a physical card.

The card is aimed at leisure travellers, with no discounts on season tickets and a £12 minimum fare on all journeys between 4.30am and 10am, excluding weekends and public holidays.

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As The Independent revealed on 11 March, the first batch of railcards available to anyone in the United Kingdom born between 14 March 1987 and 13 March 1992 was due to be released on 13 March.

The chaos surrounding the railcard's launch will see many disappointed, particularly those at the upper end of the age bracket for whom this was the last chance to enjoy discounted travel until they hit 60 and qualify for a Senior Railcard.

And to be eligible, you must be between 26 and 30 years old.

Not only that, the railcard will be valid for the full year until you turn 32!

One of those struggling to buy a card is Helen Coffey, deputy head of travel at The Independent.

It first went on sale nationwide at about 07:30 GMT but "exceptional demand" caused the website to fail.

Only 10,000 railcards are being released during the trial.

Rail Delivery Group, the company that is releasing the millennial railcards, has yet to specify when they will be fully rolled out across the UK.

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