What you need to know about the Railcard aimed at 26 to 30-year-olds and how much you’ll save in Kent

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Rail passengers between the ages of 26 and 30 will soon be able to benefit from a third off rail fares thanks to a newly introduced railcard.

The 26-30 Railcard is set to be available from spring 2018 and it is likely to cost £30 – the current cost of the 16-25 Railcard.

The new card is said to be announced in today’s budget, and is expected to run in a similar way to the existing 16-25 Railcard.

Here’s what you need to know

How will the railcard work?

The railcard will work in a similar way to the current 16-25 railcard, which you a third off rail travel if you hold the £30 card.

But there are a few catches – the railcard cannot be used to buy season tickets, and there is a minimum fare of £12 for journeys before 10am on weekdays.

There is no minimum fare when you travel at weekends, on Public Holidays, or during July and August.

A Southeastern train

How much would I save in Kent?

You would get a third off rail fares, as long as you abide by the restrictions.

For example, an off peak travelcard from Tunbridge Wells to London costs £23.50 full price. This would be reduced to £15.50 with a railcard.

If you are travelling on peak, you will pay £27.80 as opposed to £42.10.

An off peak London Travelcard would cost £29.30 from Folkestone, with it normally costing £44.40.

You can also get an anytime ticket for £49.90, as opposed to £75.60.

Margate passengers would pay £29.90 for an off peak London Travelcard rather than £45.30, and £52.20 for an anytime compared to £79.10.

How old will I have to be to apply for the railcard?

At the moment, you can apply for 16-25 railcard any day up to your 26th birthday.

You can also get a three year railcard up until your 24th birthday.

It is believed the 26-30 railcard will follow a similar concept when it launches, which means you can apply for it any day up to your 31st birthday.

How do I buy a railcard?

The current 16-25 railcard is available to buy online or at train stations.

You will need a photograph of yourself and proof of age to apply.

What other railcards are there?

Network Railcard

The is available to passengers travelling in the south east if they are aged 16 or over.

It costs £30 a year and you can get a third off standard off peak and anytime tickets. You can also get the reduced fares for up to three adults if they are travelling with you, and save 60 per cent on child fares for up to four children.

However, a £13 minimum fare applies to all journeys Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.

Senior Railcard

This is available to passengers aged 60 or over and costs £30 a year.

It enables you to get a third off anytime, off peak and advance tickets. but it can not be used on morning peak services from Monday to Friday, except on public holidays.

Family and Friends Railcard

This £30 a year railcard allows up to four adults to get a third off rail fares when travelling with up to four children aged five to 15. You also get 60 per cent of most child fares.

At least one child must be travelling to use the railcard, and the discount can not be used on morning peak services from Monday to Friday, except on public holidays.

Two Together Railcard

This card allows two named people to get a third off standard, anytime, off peak and advanced fares for £30 a year.

Both cardholders must be over 16 and travelling together for the card to be used.

Discounts are also not valid for travel before 9:30am from Monday to Friday, except on public holidays.

Disabled Persons Railcard

This £20 a year railcard is available to people who have a disability that makes travelling difficult.

It enables you and a person travelling with you to get a third off standard, off peak and advance fares.

There are no time restrictions and you can use it anytime of day.

You can find out more about this railcard and the eligibility criteria here .

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