John Welcomes New Half-Price Railcard

Local MP John Penrose has welcomed the new railcard, launching in September, giving half-price fares for 16 and 17 year olds.

John said, ‘whether it’s going to school, college, work or visiting Weston for a brilliant day out, train travel is greener, more sociable and – with this new railcard – more affordable as a way of getting to a concert or exploring our countryside and heritage. This card, released in September, halves the cost and leaves more cash in everyone’s pockets.

“Of course, it’s not just 16-17 year olds who are hit by high rail prices. Other rail passengers matter too, which is why I’ve been lobbying Ministers to look into a new system of open access rail. It would put customers first and end franchise monopolies.”


You can find more information about John’s ideas for an open access rail system here.

When it is introduced in September, the rail card will extend half-price rail fares to 16 and 17 year olds, benefitting up to 1.2 million young people. Link.

Earlier this year, a 26-30 railcard cut a third off the price of most rail tickets, giving this age group a fairer deal as they commute to work.Link.