The New 16-18 Railcard

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  1. daniel1234321

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    Has anyone heard anything about the introduction of the 16-18 Railcard recently? I heard a while ago it was being trialled.
     
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  3. LeeLivery

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    16 - 18 already has a Railcard as part of the 16-25 or as some still call it, the Young Persons Railcard.
     
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    The RDG is introducing a new railcard just for 16-18 year olds however, that gets them 50% off and has no minimum fare at peak times (unlike the 16-25 one).
     
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    I totally missed that :oops:

    Might as well just extend child fares to 18.
     
  6. nuts & bolts

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    Aimed at 16 to 17 year olds, available from September.

    Visit railcards.co.uk for more info.
     
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    Totally agree. Presumably the RDG still want to be able to fleece irregular travellers and tourists.
     
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    On the other hand, could be argued that this acts as a form of ID for older "children", thereby getting around the problem that, since 16/17 year olds are less likely to carry ID then it's difficult to judge whether they should have a child ticket. This therefore would remove both chancers and legitimate travel with a child ticket for older looking "children" (I certainly had a couple of problems at 15, and it would have been grim had child tickets gone up to 18).
     
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    Fleece? Or make money for the railway?
     
  10. daniel1234321

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    When they introduce the 16-18 Railcard, do you think they will also alter the 16-25 railcard to 18-25?
     
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    if RPIs accept carrying the railcard as sufficient ID for posession of a child ticket, it's a great idea, for that very reason. I'm definitely in favour of it.
     
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    No reason why they wouldnt as you will need ID of some form to obtain the railcard
     
  13. TheDavibob

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    Yes, but a passport would suffice, which I wouldn't expect (or desire) a 16 year old to have to hand whilst travelling.
     
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    Yeah they will only need some sort of id when purchasing so no need to cart anything else around with them
     
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    When I was in that age group, I had a PTE permit (with photocard) for half-fare buses, multi-modal tickets and train within West Yorkshire... so other than the extra 20% off there'd be no point.
     
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    Not that it should be called 16-25 railcard either as mature students can get it.
     
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  17. ForTheLoveOf

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    According to the RDG website it's actually a 16-17 Railcard.
     
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    I'm 18 in January so am very interested to hear if the same rule that applies to the 16-25, 26-30 etc. will apply here, that is that you can buy this railcard the day before your 18th birthday and use it for the year, until you turn 19.
     
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    My information leads me to believe it won't, it will expire the day before your 18th birthday no matter when you buy it.
     
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    Ah, that's a shame. If only it was brought in a couple of years sooner! :lol:
     
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    So, if it were named in common with all the other Railcards and their methods of agewise validity, it'd be the 16 Railcard :lol:
     
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    Knowing the rail industry it wouldn't surprise me :lol:
     
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    It's valid up until 18th Birthday, so my guess would be they'll rename the 16-25 RC the 18-25 RC, but I wonder if people who are 16 or 17 when the 16/17 RC launches that already have a 16-25 RC will be converted to the new one.
     

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