'Shambles' as millennial railcard site crashes

'Shambles' as millennial railcard site crashes

However, the number of cards available is only enough for one in 500 of the eligible population, and are limited to a minimum £12 fare during peak times.

The website selling new millennial railcards has crashed due to high demand as just 10,000 went on sale.

The railcard was announced previous year in the Budget by Chancellor Phillip Hammond when he said:"I can announce a new railcard for those aged 26 to 30, giving 4.5 million more young people a third off their rail fares".

Many passengers took to social media to express their frustration at being unable to buy the cards. "Getting a 26-30 railcard is worse than getting a Glastonbury ticket".

There was widespread anger as the release of the millennial railcard descended into chaos after the government only made a small number available. "Sort out your website to make it fair!"

But the website selling the cards was unable to cope with the rush of people trying to get hold of them.

Tom Drury, from London, wrote: "The launch of the new railcard is a shambles".

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The railcard for 26 to 30-year-olds costs £30 for a year and offers a third off most fares in England, Wales and Scotland.

The card is aimed at leisure travel, and will not be applicable to season tickets.

The wider rollout today follows a trial on the Greater Anglia network, and anyone applying for the railcard will need to pay by card, have proof of their age either by a driving licence or passport, and have a passport-style picture on hand.

The new discount card was announced in Chancellor Philip Hammond's Budget in November, but "received a mixed response from its target audience", says the BBC.

Currently, people aged 16-25 can buy a rail card to get a third off their fares, as well as couples in a Two Together scheme, or families in a group card.

The majority of people would not be able to get additional discounts between the age of 25 and 60, when a senior railcard kicks in.

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