I want to encourage students to take advantage of a new railcard for 16 and 17 year olds, that is soon to be launched by the Conservative Government.
I know that a lot of young people rely on trains to get to school, college and work. Conservatives are determined to ensure that rail fares are affordable for young people and their parents. The new railcard will guarantee 50% off al rail travel until the cardholder reaches their 18th birthday. The new railcard is expected to benefit up to 1.2 million young people.
The release of the railcard, in time for the new school 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 would urge young people to keep an eye on the Railcard website where details of the new railcard will be announced soon.