You can't use a railcard on on-peak trains though right? I'm a commuter under 30 years old and I usually buy weekly or monthly season tickets
Copy places like Japan. There you need a confirmation from the rail company before you can use the trains as an excuse for being late to work.
Some sound tips for those not in the know. Rail prices reflect, to some degree, policy choices as to how rail travel is paid for, and how the rail system operates. The current government thinks rail passengers should pay a greater share of the cost of running the railways, and doesn't seem to feel the need (yet) to tear up the franchise system or fundamentally change the fares system that (to the layman, i.e. me!) seems overly complex (example - look at points 8, 11, 12 and 13 for starters and it is obvious the ticketing system is fundamentally broken). The annual price hike numbers are about the only pricing that the media can pin the rail industry and government down on - had to laugh when hearing Teflon-man and uber-smug politician Chris Grayling come up with a new excuse to deflect from the real issues that he should be doing something about (paraphrasing, his response to fare rises is they will be reduced if rail staff accept lower pay increases - some truth of course but that could be applied to any industry and I'm sure those rail staff have the same bills everyone else does).
Another railcard has only recently been launched. The 25-30yrs railcard
Its good but all useless to the single commuter aged over 30. The biggest thing they could quickest roll out is the oyster card" use" method across the country. We have 1000s of government staff being encouraged to work from home and the archaic ticketing kills that. If i got a weekly and wfh once im out of pocket. If i get a monthly and wfh twice im out of pocket etc. The season tiks are not worth it unless u go in every day of the year.