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26-30 Railcard - Launches Nationwide TODAY, Wednesday January 2nd - £30
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I'm sure this was posted a while back, but just a reminder / heads up that the new 26-30 Railcard finally launches across the country today!

Save 1/3 off your rail fares for a year

After a successful trial campaign, when it sold out immediately.


The 26-30 Railcard will be available across the country on 2nd January 2019!


Rail companies have together announced that over 4 million people will be eligible to take advantage of 1/3 off their leisure journeys, for just £30 a year, when the National Rail 26-30 Railcard launches before the end of this year.

Launching nationwide as the first digital-only Railcard, the National Rail 26-30 Railcard will be available to buy at 26-30railcard.co.uk and downloaded to the Railcard app on a smartphone. Once downloaded customers can then start travelling (and saving) straight away, with no need to wait for the post. If their phone runs out of battery or gets lost it can be swapped to another mobile device.

Originally piloted in East Anglia on 6th December, the trial was extended nationwide on 13th March to gather additional insights to ensure the National Rail 26-30 Railcard was the right product for this age group. Those taking part in trial took approximately 6 leisure journeys a month, covering an average of 400 miles, and if this trend continues then National Rail 26-30 Railcard holders will save themselves an average of £125 a year when they travel by train.

More than four million existing Railcard customers save almost £600million a year on rail travel. Railcards enable customers to explore more of Great Britain, in an ultra-convenient and cost-effective way. The 26-30 Railcard is the seventh Railcard to launch since 1974.
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Bristol - Newcastle return train £147

Bristol - Newcastle return flight £53

Yeah.. no thanks with your rip off prices
Edited by: "rhysccfc31" 1st Jan
dunno why specifically 26-30 deserve discounts over any other age groups.......
So, only 31-60 pay full price and subsidise everybody else? Hardly fair is it. Can't remember the last time I traveled by train and I have no desire to do so due to the inflated prices.
Just in time for the price hike and the reduced service
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Just in time for the price hike and the reduced service
Bristol - Newcastle return train £147

Bristol - Newcastle return flight £53

Yeah.. no thanks with your rip off prices
Edited by: "rhysccfc31" 1st Jan
dunno why specifically 26-30 deserve discounts over any other age groups.......
So, only 31-60 pay full price and subsidise everybody else? Hardly fair is it. Can't remember the last time I traveled by train and I have no desire to do so due to the inflated prices.
Family and friends railcard for everyone else.
jase.23 h, 12 m ago

dunno why specifically 26-30 deserve discounts over any other age …dunno why specifically 26-30 deserve discounts over any other age groups.......


The crowd that probably votes the least?
rhysccfc314 h, 40 m ago

Bristol - Newcastle return train £147Bristol - Newcastle return flight …Bristol - Newcastle return train £147Bristol - Newcastle return flight £53Yeah.. no thanks with your rip off prices


Cost of getting to & from the airport?
Edited by: "bozo007" 1st Jan
DevilD01/01/2019 14:51

Just in time for the price hike and the reduced service


When I ask people who actually experienced British Rail what they think of today's services, a majority of them said things are a lot better other than the cost (barring exceptions like the constant strikes on Southern, which evoked nostalgia!).

I suffer my share given my dependence on the District line in London. But having travelled & lived in many countries, I believe we are being too harsh on our rail system.
bozo00701/01/2019 18:32

When I ask people who actually experienced British Rail what they think of …When I ask people who actually experienced British Rail what they think of today's services, a majority of them said things are a lot better other than the cost (barring exceptions like the constant strikes on Southern, which evoked nostalgia!).I suffer my share given my dependence on the District line in London. But having travelled & lived in many countries, I believe we are being too harsh on our rail system.


I travel it every day and trains running on time when not cancelled or delayed are invariably packed with limited seating. So I do not agree and when you see the results of surveys neither do the regular commuters
DevilD01/01/2019 19:07

I travel it every day and trains running on time when not cancelled or …I travel it every day and trains running on time when not cancelled or delayed are invariably packed with limited seating. So I do not agree and when you see the results of surveys neither do the regular commuters


I am not saying things are great but those asking for nationalisation never experienced BR.
bozo0075 m ago

I am not saying things are great but those asking for nationalisation …I am not saying things are great but those asking for nationalisation never experienced BR.


£150 train £50 plane nothing else even comes in to it, rip offs
I am not asking for nationalisation just a service that meets expectations considering the fact it is amongst the most expensive in Europe with the worst reputation
Edited by: "DevilD" 1st Jan
You may also be eligible for 5% cashback, just look for Railcard on the main cashback sites.

I don't know if you can use Tesco Clubcard vouchers. They don't specifically mention this Railcard,

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Not bad at all, but not for me. I’ve just renewed my Network Railcard (South East only) which gives me and 3 others 1/3 off for £30 a year.
I do get a bit confused, on South West Trains at least, you can buy a network railcard for £30 a year for 30% off regardless of your age and that can be used for people travelling with you. Thought a 30% off card was just always pretty much available. Clearly I was wrong!
A network railcard can only be used at off peak times where as a 16-25 railcard can be used at anytime and as you say the network railcard is more limited on where you can use it to travel.
...aaand I just turned 31 a week ago.

Yep. Sounds about right!
DanSmith-b18f3.1886335 m ago

A network railcard can only be used at off peak times where as a 16-25 …A network railcard can only be used at off peak times where as a 16-25 railcard can be used at anytime and as you say the network railcard is more limited on where you can use it to travel.


Although, if you are a student of any age you will get a 16-25 railcard. I do and it saves me money as I am on a placement at the mo and travel to Southampton every weekday. Still cheaper than driving up and no traffic jams. It’s not an ideal service but is ok most of the time.
The roll out of this 26-30 railcard has been shambolic and is illustrative of the incapability of the UK to manage public transport. Our rail system is the least organised and most expensive of any developed country. I could rant for some time about this, but it sickens me to watch incompetent management taking ludicrous salaries, whilst customers pay a massive chunk of their hard earned cash to receive such shocking service. It’s no wonder people choose to use the car.
Edited by: "definitley_maybe" 1st Jan
DanSmith-b18f3.188631 h, 8 m ago

A network railcard can only be used at off peak times where as a 16-25 …A network railcard can only be used at off peak times where as a 16-25 railcard can be used at anytime and as you say the network railcard is more limited on where you can use it to travel.


Not strictly true - a 16-25 railcard does have a minimum fare in the morning peak hours (£12); no minimum fare in the afternoon peak.

However - Oyster (linked to the 16-25 railcard) will not apply the 1/3 off in the afternoon peak - you have to buy the paper ticket for the afternoon peak discount.

Unless it's July or August- and then there is no minimum fare in the morning peak.

Off-peak - an Oyster card will apply the 16-25 railcard discount automatically.

They do try to confuse people......
Edited by: "Firefly1" 1st Jan
jase.201/01/2019 15:13

dunno why specifically 26-30 deserve discounts over any other age …dunno why specifically 26-30 deserve discounts over any other age groups.......


I mean there's also a 16-25 railcard, and then the 60+ railcards, which give the same discount for the same price pretty much. So it's not really just that age group getting more than any other. But it probably is also the age group which was at the start of getting fucked over by unaffordable housing, low wages, so theres that too so maybe this is to help push them to go onto more trips which they might not normally do. The 25-30 railcard is just leisure.

The rail cards are pretty much a everyone-but-31to59-railcard.

But then there's also the family railcard and the pairs travel cards so if you travel with family you get the same discounts, or with the pairs travel card if you travel with your partner you get the same discount for the same prices too. That'll even cover most of the 31-59 age groups too.

So I guess the railcards are actually a "for everyone apart from single 31-59 year olds railcard"...

Honestly at this point almost everyone seems eligible for at least one. We already have like the most expensive train prices in the world, lets just reduce our fees by like 20% already, even then we'd be expensive compared to others. I don't know where all the money is going, why can almost everyone else do it cheaperr??
jase.27 h, 14 m ago

dunno why specifically 26-30 deserve discounts over any other age …dunno why specifically 26-30 deserve discounts over any other age groups.......


But surely they deserve to be given rail travel for free. Along with avocados and an endless supply of soy latés
Ben_W13 h, 34 m ago

The rail cards are pretty much a everyone-but-31to59-railcard.


Yeah, and I'll start considering train travel as a viable means of transport when I am 60 in that case. I'm not going to use a product that encourages age discrimination unless I am desperate. Ironically the one time I was desperate in 2018 - attempting to use a train to catch a flight at an airport - the train was cancelled. Sums it up perfectly. Over priced and inadequate service.

I'll stick with my car for long distance journeys. 99% of the time it is half the price even if I am the only person in the car, and knowing my transport won't be cancelled is worth something too.
Has anyone signed up yet, any ideas on how it will work at renewal time? For those of us eligible now but 31st birthday is 8-10 months away, can you sign up now and then sign up with a new email address for example in 8-10 months?

Their website says you can renew at 11 months, but that's no good if you're already 31 by then!
Jimbob2702/01/2019 13:19

Has anyone signed up yet, any ideas on how it will work at renewal time? …Has anyone signed up yet, any ideas on how it will work at renewal time? For those of us eligible now but 31st birthday is 8-10 months away, can you sign up now and then sign up with a new email address for example in 8-10 months?Their website says you can renew at 11 months, but that's no good if you're already 31 by then!


It's probably a case of buying a brand new one at that point, it might let you on the same account. I had to renew earlier for my last 16-25 railcard and I'm fairly sure I renewed whilst I still had one ongoing.
ML602/01/2019 13:36

It's probably a case of buying a brand new one at that point, it might let …It's probably a case of buying a brand new one at that point, it might let you on the same account. I had to renew earlier for my last 16-25 railcard and I'm fairly sure I renewed whilst I still had one ongoing.


Yes that would be fine, buying a brand new one, just not sure whether they verify your age using (for example) passport or national insurance number, which might make buying a brand new one before the old one's expired a bit tricky, as they'd know you still have a valid Railcard.

If it's just a matter of sticking in a different email address though, it'll be fine. Seeing as this railcard is digital-only, thought they might be quite stringent at sign-up.
Jimbob2702/01/2019 13:55

Yes that would be fine, buying a brand new one, just not sure whether they …Yes that would be fine, buying a brand new one, just not sure whether they verify your age using (for example) passport or national insurance number, which might make buying a brand new one before the old one's expired a bit tricky, as they'd know you still have a valid Railcard. If it's just a matter of sticking in a different email address though, it'll be fine. Seeing as this railcard is digital-only, thought they might be quite stringent at sign-up.


Could just use your driving license the first time and then passport the next time. They do use the number off it to validate age.

I've just bought mine now, £30 for a year. No 3 year option and no discount codes worked for me unfortunately.
ML612 m ago

Could just use your driving license the first time and then passport the …Could just use your driving license the first time and then passport the next time. They do use the number off it to validate age.I've just bought mine now, £30 for a year. No 3 year option and no discount codes worked for me unfortunately.


Good thinking, thanks!
The railcard website often has discount codes. Will look myself, but anybody know of any?
jase.21st Jan

dunno why specifically 26-30 deserve discounts over any other age …dunno why specifically 26-30 deserve discounts over any other age groups.......


Because we've been shafted by the 2x generations above with house price inflation massively exceeding wage/salary growth in addition to student loans and a failure in the government to invest in non-university training such as apprenticeship.

But being more political. I guess it's to encourage rail travel for younger people in the hope they continue to use it to reduce pollution and road congestion. The cynic in me would question if the government make more off rail travel than taxing fuel for comparative journeys.
asc9114 m ago

Just buy a second ticket...


lol what? no you need to be travelling with a child at least for the friends and family railcard

" You don't need to travel together but you do need to be travelling with at least one child between the ages of 5 and 15 to be eligible for the discount."
asc9102/01/2019 16:08

The railcard website often has discount codes. Will look myself, but …The railcard website often has discount codes. Will look myself, but anybody know of any?


I tried a few but none worked, even the NUS code TOTUM12
ML643 m ago

I tried a few but none worked, even the NUS code TOTUM12


That code is only for use by the Polish, I'm afraid
I will never be too old to get a senior railcard.... And you can use it to buy first class tickets and avoid bumping in to young adults, communists and children.
highwayman81553rd Jan

[...] and avoid bumping in to young adults, communists and children.


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Edited by: "Chrrye" 8th Jan
Sigh, the rail card that came one year too late for me. They had been talking about this thing for ages.
Don't even get a discount unless it's off peak times.
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