How will the new railcard work?
The 16 and 17-year-olds who buy the railcard will be able to get 50% off rail travel, which is the same discount as a child fare. As with the new 26-30 Railcard, it’s expected to be a digital railcard.
The railcard will be valid for one year, or until the holder’s 18th birthday, whichever comes first.
The Department for Transport says that full details of how much the railcard will cost will be released in the summer, but told us it aims to make the card “as cheap as possible”.
This age group is already able to buy a 16-25 Railcard, which costs £30 for a year and gives holders a third off train travel – but 16 and 17-year-olds who already have this railcard won’t be able to use it in conjunction with the new 16 & 17 Railcard.
Unlike the 16-25 Railcard, the 16 & 17 Railcard will give holders discounts on season tickets, travelcards and won’t have a minimum fare for peak tickets. It will also give the discount on off-peak, super off-peak and advance fares.