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Posted 11 December 2017 - 10:41 AM

The Guardian, Londion, UK 12/9/17:

Millennial railcard: a fare deal or quick fix that fails to deliver?

A new £30 card promises a third off train tickets for young workers. We examine if it’s really worth it or just a quick fix to woo young voters



A national railcard for millennials was launched this week, promising one-third off fares for 26- to 30-year-olds. When the chancellor unveiled it in last month’s budget, he said it would benefit 4.5 million. But among struggling young workers, it has won the Conservatives few new voters.


The card will cost £30 and gives one-third off rail fares across the country. The key restriction is at peak times, when it cannot be used for most commuter journeys, and season tickets are also not covered. Discounts will be available on advance fares, but a £12 minimum fare applies to journeys in the week between 4.30am and 10am.


Ali Strick, 28, a mental health charity founder, hoped that the government would better address her problems. “I thought the government would actually care, or try to work out what young people are struggling with financially.”


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