Millennial railcard: 'unprecedented' demand crashes website
Rail transport Millennial railcard: 'unprecedented' demand crashes website
Site struggles to cope amid huge demand for new railcard giving 33% discounts to people aged 26 to 30
The website selling the new millennial railcard crashed on Tuesday as commuters scrambled to buy one of the 10,000 available.
Passengers aged 26 to 30 were eligible for the discount card for the first time on Tuesday, but the site could not cope with the rush.
A spokesman for railcard.co.uk said: âWeâve had an unprecedented number of people visiting our site for the 26-30 railcard. Please bear with us, weâve got the whole team working on it and hope we can have it back up shortly.â
The chancellor, Philip Hammond, said in his budget speech in November that the railcards would give â4.5 million more young people a third off their rail faresâ.
But only 10,000 are initially being made available while the scheme is trialled to assess the impact on revenue and passenger numbers.
The cards costs Â£30 each year and will cut most fares by a third. Many passengers expressed their frustration at being unable to buy the cards.
Emily Thomas, from London, wrote: âGetting a 26-30 railcard is worse than getting a Glastonbury ticket. Sort out your website to make it fair!â
In a message to the National Railcards Twitter account at 7.48am, youth worker Josh Booth, from Leeds, posted: âBeen trying to get 26-30 railcard since 7am, your website crashing and been on hold on the phone since then.â
Tom Drury, from London, wrote: âThe launch of the new railcard is a shambles.â
The card is aimed at leisure travellers, with no discounts on season tickets and a Â£12 minimum fare on all journeys between 4.30am and 10am, excluding weekends and public holidays. It must be bought online and downloaded to a smartphone.
The card was previously only available to a limited number of people in East Anglia.
A spokesman for the Rail Delivery Group, representing train operators, said: âResearch being gathered as part of the 26-30 Railcard trial is being used to inform discussions with the government about a national rollout, and to develop new products that make leisure travel easier and better value for customers.âTopics
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