Alistair Burt is contacting schools across NE Bedfordshire to encourage students to take advantage of a new railcard for 16 and 17 year olds that is soon to be launched by the Government.
Many young people rely on trains to get to school, college and work and the Government is determined to ensure that rail fares are affordable for young people and their parents across the country. The new railcard will guarantee 50 per cent off all rail travel until the cardholder reaches their 18th birthday and is expected to benefit up to 1.2 million young people.
The release of the railcard, in time for the new academic year, follows the hugely successful launch of the 26-30 railcard earlier this year, when 11,000 cards were sold on the first day alone. Now all young adults, from the ages of 16 to 30, will benefit from cut price fares, helping them with the cost of living.
“I am delighted that the Government is introducing this new railcard and hope that all 16 and 17 year olds in NE Bedfordshire take advantage of it. As many young people rely on trains to get them around, this railcard will ensure that rail fares are more affordable. I will be writing to my local schools to make sure that their students are aware of this great opportunity”.