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Transport charity responds to new railcard announcement

2 January 2019

Campaign for Better Transport responds today, Wednesday 2 January, to the Government’s plan to introduce a new young person’s rail card from September.

The new rail card will entitle passengers aged 16 and 17 years old to a 50 per cent discount on rail travel. The announcement also comes on the day of the launch of the rail card for 26-30 year olds, giving them a third off the cost of the ticket for their journey, and rail fares increase by an average of 3.1 per cent.

Darren Shirley, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport, said:

“Young people will undoubtedly welcome half price rail travel making their journey to school or college more affordable. This is a positive move for a generation being priced off the railway.

“However, rail fares having gone up following a dismal year of delays, cancellations and overcrowding will leave commuters wondering what they are paying for. New rail cards for some age groups is no substitute for the fundamental reform of rail fares that is needed for the benefit of all passengers.”


For further information please contact the press office on 020 3746 2235 or communications@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors 

  •  Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).