MP welcomes cut in cost of rail travel for16 and 17-year-olds
Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan has welcomed the news that the Government is introducing a new railcard, which will halve all rail fares for 16 and 17-year-olds.
The railcard will give 16 and 17-year-olds 50 per cent off all fares from September, including season tickets and peak services, and will provide a real boost for young people and their parents, with many saving thousands a year.
The Government is also launching an industry-led 26 to 30-year-old railcard, giving this age group a fairer deal in their commute to work by cutting a third off their rail fares.
Anne-Marie said: “I am delighted by (the) announcements which will provide a genuine boost for families and young people in Northumberland, where we are especially dependent on public transport.
“Thanks to our balanced approach to the economy, the Conservatives in Government have been able to invest more in the vital public services we all rely on whilst helping people with the cost of living so they can keep more of what they earn.”
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “The new 16 and 17 and 26-30 railcard will cut fares for a generation of travellers, ensuring more young people than ever will be able to travel on our railways for less.”
The Government wants to see lower fares in the future and has launched a root and branch review of the rail industry looking at fares reform and affordability.