Do train companies lose money from railcards?

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  1. AlterEgo

    AlterEgo Established Member

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    I also buy Anytime Day Returns with a Disabled Railcard. It works out, anually, as a tiny bit cheaper than an annual season, with the added perk of not having to "pay" for days where I work from home, or elsewhere, or on leave.

    It also comes with none of the fear factor of losing a season worth thousands of pounds. And a better rate of Delay Repay!
     
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    The glory days are gone! When BR introduced the Family Railcard they had promotions where you could buy a single ticket for a whole family to anywhere in Britain for £5. It was very handy for 2 adults and 2 children being able to travel to Fort William from Reading (and then £5 for the journey back). But such promotions, and the Railcard discount, instill the habit of using rail for leisure journeys. There is long-term payback even after the holder has ceased to be eligible for any Railcard.

    It might sound a bit like cheating but I travel extensively in Britain by train as a charity volunteer ( expenses paid). It would cost the charity a fortune if I (we) didn't have Senior Railcards.
     
  3. faddy

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    But with the railcard only costs them 2/3 of a fortune?
     
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    Locally this has been the case in West Yorkshire for many years - half price fares until the August after your 18th birthday.

    Or a local Metrocard valid on trains and buses for about the cost of an Adult bus only card. Just extended to anyone under 25 as well as students - previously anyone under 19 and students.
     
  5. DelW

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    AIUI Senior cards are not valid in the morning peak anywhere in the London and south-east area. The earliest train on which I can use mine arrives in London at 10:13. Similar restrictions apply even when travelling against the peak flow (away from London).
     
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