'There should be a railcard for the whole population', says Campaign for Better Transport

'There should be a railcard for the whole population', says Campaign for Better Transport

Railcards cost £30 per year and can be used for discounts on travel

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

There should be a railcard for the whole population to make travel cheaper and encourage people to take the train rather than the car.

That's according to Lianna Etkind, a member of the Campaign for Better Transport, who spoke to talkRADIO about the Government's Budget commitment that people will be able to purchase a railcard up to the age of 30. The cut-off was previously 25.

Dubbed the "millennial railcard," it will be available from spring next year and could give customers up to a third off rail ticket prices.

Etkind told Julia Hartley-Brewer: “I would like to see a railcard across the whole population.”

“Of course people in the south-east have the option of a network railcard. They pay some money upfront then they get rail travel across the year discounted. Why don’t they get that for the whole of the country?”

She comments on the new railcard: “When similar [railcard] schemes have been introduced actually because people who would normally decide not to take a journey because it’s too expensive or perhaps to drive instead choose to take the train.

“That generates extra passengers and extra revenue for train companies so it might turn out to be a cost neutral or even revenue generative measure.”

Etkind believes “people going out in the middle of the day or the weekend stand most to benefit” and “the people who use the road will hopefully see less pollution, less traffic.”

Listen to the full interview above

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