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Aged 26-30? Here’s how to finally get your hands on a millennial railcard

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Rejoice! The millennial railcard is finally going to be available to all - and it goes on sale today (2 January). 

It’s been a long time coming, but the new 26-30 railcard, dubbed the millennial card by many, is now being rolled out across the UK.

As many of you will remember, the card was first piloted in early 2018, with just 10,000 lucky people getting their hands on one. The chaotic pilot scheme resulted in a crashed website, jammed phone lines and a lot of disappointed young people – but now, the railcard will be available to everyone aged 26-30. 

With the intention of getting millennials travelling the country more (and saving some pennies), the card will enable users to save an average of £125 a year on off-peak and advance rail journeys. 

The card costs £30 and will reduce train fares by a third for a year from purchase. It goes on sale online on Wednesday 2 January 2019 at midday and can be bought at 26-30railcard.co.uk.

“We’re delighted that the National Rail 26-30 Railcard will be going on sale at midday today,” said Jacqueline Starr, managing director of Rail Delivery Group.

“The launch of the National Rail 26-30 Railcard marks a key milestone in the rail industry’s commitment to boost local communities by making rail travel more accessible.

“We’re hoping that this seventh addition to the Railcard family will encourage more people to make journeys to visit friends, family and explore more of Britain by rail.”

As we enter 2019, the launch of the 26-30 railcard is arguably one of the only bits of good news for rail travellers in the UK. It was announced on 2 January that rail fares have increased by an average of 3.1% in England and Wales and 3% in Scotland, despite major delays and disruption to rail services in 2018.

A discount railcard has been available to 16-25 year olds in the UK for years, and has been extended after findings showed that those under 30 are the only age group to be earning less than they would have been 10 years ago.

The first trial was initially planned to run until March 2019, but after an overwhelmingly positive response (98% said they were extremely satisfied or satisfied with the railcard), it was cut short so that work could be done to make it permanent and available for all as soon as possible. 

Another plus point: for the first time ever the card will be digital only, so you can easily download the app to your phone to make life simple.

Surely this makes for the perfect excuse to take a trip to Scotland? Or possibly stay in a treehouse in Devon? Time to get planning we reckon. 

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Megan Murray is a digital journalist for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about London happenings, beautiful places, delicious morsels and generally spreading sparkle wherever she can.

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