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The age limit for the 16-25 railcard is expected to increase by five years

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According to reports, Philip Hammond will announce a change in the age limit of the 16-25 Railcard in a move to try and appeal to young voters.

The Sun newspaper has reported that the The Chancellor of the Exchequer will make the announcement to extend the railcard to everyone aged 30 or under when he sets out his Budget on November 22nd.

Changing it from a 16-25 Railcard to a 16-30 Railcard is one of the ways the Conservative party is apparently hoping to attract younger voters who have been caught up in Corbyn-mania. 

Speaking to The Sun, Head of the Campaign for Better Transport Stephen Joseph said:

“This is good news for people under 30 who will now be able to enjoy some cheaper fares - providing they can navigate our frankly bonkers ticketing system that is.

"Unfortunately it does nothing for regular commuters because you can’t use a railcard to buy a season ticket, so unless the Chancellor also announces a fares freeze for 2018, younger commuters are still facing a massive price hike in January.”

Currently the 16-25 Railcard costs £30 and gives eligible users a one third discount on all rail tickets, meaning the average passenger saves around £150 each year. 

 

 




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