Millennial railcard chaos as site crashes and only 10000 available

  • Millennial railcard chaos as site crashes and only 10000 available

Millennial railcard chaos as site crashes and only 10000 available

The site,, showed a message saying that "the service is unavailable" after a scramble for the new tickets for 26 to 30-year-olds.

To apply for the millennial railcard, firstly you will need to do so very quickly on the 26-30 Railcard website.

If you are aged 30 at the time that the Railcard is purchased, you may still travel at the discounted fare throughout the validity period of the Railcard, even if you become 31 years old during that time.

Many passengers have expressed their frustration on social media at being unable to buy the cards.

Although 4.5 million people could benefit, just 10,000 railcards were offered on a first come, first served basis - meaning only about one in 500 people in this age range will have one.

Thousands of frustrated young adults spent hours trying to get their hands on the new 26-30 railcard, dubbed the millennial railcard, when it launched on Tuesday. "Sort out your website to make it fair!' Others said it's worse than 'waiting in the Ticketmaster queue".

But only 10,000 are initially being made available while the scheme is trialled to assess the impact on revenue and passenger numbers. "We're really sorry this is happing and have our whole team on it".

Tom Drury, from London, wrote: "The launch of the new railcard is a shambles".

The 26-30 Railcard will only be available as a digital Railcard, not as a physical card.

Some compared the difficulty of getting a card to the white hot rage felt by those familiar with attempting to buy in-demand tickets to Glastonbury.

There are no discounts on season tickets and a £12 minimum fare applies to all journeys between 4.30am and 10am, excluding weekends and public holidays.

The card must be downloaded on to a smartphone and is aimed at leisure travellers.

Currently, people aged 16-25 can buy a railcard to get a third off their fares, as well as couples in a Two Together scheme, or families in a group card.

"We've had an unprecedented number of people visiting our site for the 26-30 railcard".

They have been tested in the Greater Anglia area since December 2017, where there were an additional 10,000 cards available, all of which have sold out.

There was previously no nationwide railcard available for people travelling alone between the ages of 26 and 59 unless they were disabled or in the armed forces.