New railcard extending child fares for 16 and 17 year olds announced

A brand new rail card that extends half-price child rail fares to 16 and 17 year olds has been announced today (2/1) by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling.

The new 16 and 17 Railcard will be launched this coming September with up to 1.2 million young people guaranteed a 50% discount on rail travel to coincide with the new academic year.

The announcement comes on the same day the rail industry launches the 26-30 Railcard, benefitting up to 4.5 million people with a third off their travel. It now means that rail travellers from the ages of 16 to 30 will be able to benefit from cut-price fares across the country.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “The new 16 & 17 and 26-30 Railcard will cut fares for a generation of travellers, ensuring more young people than ever will be able to travel on our railways for less.

“Today’s announcement of a new 16 & 17 Railcard could cut the cost of travel by hundreds of pounds a year for young people and their parents, making it cheaper to get to school, college and work.

“This builds on the roll-out of the new 26-30 Railcard and our record investment into our railways, ensuring people get the frequent, affordable and reliable journeys they deserve.”

The new railcard will guarantee 50% off rail travel until the cardholder reaches their 18th birthday. Further details will be released ahead of the card’s launch in the summer.

In September 2018 the Government announced a ‘root and branch’ review of the railways which is focusing on fares. Reforms from the report will begin in 2020.