'Millennials' rail card for 26-30s launches trial period

'Millennials' rail card for 26-30s launches trial period

The cards could be applied for from today but as there are only 10,000 now available, they are being issued on a first-come, first-serve basis, the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) said.

The website selling the new 26-30 railcards has crashed as bargain-hunting millennials attempt to bag one of the coveted trial discount cards on offer.

Demand for the railcard has been high since it went on sale on Tuesday morning, with the official website crashing under the strain.

The rush to purchase the online railcards caused the website to crash for several hours shortly after their release as it was unable to cope with the high demand.

Many people turned to Twitter to share their frustration at being unable to get on the website, with #railcard trending on the social networking site.

The railcard will only be available for one year, costs £30 for a year and will only be available digitally. Harriot Bishop wrote on Twitter: "Trying to get a 26-30 Railcard is about as painful as trying to get tickets for Take That's Progress tour in 2010 (and this is the least millennial reference you'll see on the subject today)". "Sort out your website to make it fair!"

A spokesman for railcard.co.uk said: "We've had an unprecedented number of people visiting..."

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

The limited number of railcards are being made available as part of a trial which is created to assess the take-up of cards and the impact they have on revenue and passenger numbers.

The card is aimed at leisure travellers, with no discounts on season tickets and a £12 minimum fare on all journeys between 4.30am and 10am, excluding weekends and public holidays. Meanwhile, purchasing the railcard over the phone is also proving hard - The Independent has been on hold for more than 40 minutes at the time of writing (with no end in sight).

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