MILLENIALS WAITING A MILLENNIUM FOR FAIRER FARES


Edinburgh West MP, Christine Jardine, has today tabled a motion to Parliament calling for a delay to the introduction of a young persons' rail card to be reversed. 
 
In his 2017 budget speech, the Chancellor announced that a new 26 - 30 'Millennials' rail card would be introduced to give holders a 1/3 discount on rail fares nationwide. 
 
Following a series of delays, the Rail Delivery Group had promised that the railcard would be rolled out by the end of this year. However, it was revealed today that the card would now be introduced to coincide with a 3.1% average fare increase on 2 January 2019. 
Ms Jardine has tabled a motion to the House of Commons regretting the delay, and calling for the cards to be brought in ahead of the Christmas holiday period.
 
The Lib Dem MP commented:
 
"In an age of outrageously high train fares, the millennial railcards were widely welcomed as a way to provide some relief to younger people who are finding it increasingly hard to make ends meet. 
 
"But it's now been a year since these cards were first announced, and by the time they finally go on sale, around one million people who were originally in the target age range will be too old to qualify. 
 
"They'll now have to wait until they're 60 to be able to benefit from a personal discount card. 
 
"This further delay will be a massive disappointment to many people living in my constituency who were hoping to be able to buy cheaper tickets when travelling to visit family and friends over the expensive Christmas holiday period. 
 
"And to cap it all off, this was announced on the same day it was revealed that fares will increase yet again by an average 3.1% in the new year. It's actually rather insulting.
 
"That's why I'm calling on the government to step in, reverse the delay, and make these railcards available as soon as possible.
 
"Millennials shouldn't have to wait a millennium to get fairer fares."

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