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So many people wanted the new Millennial Railcard it crashed the website

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So many people wanted the new Millennial Railcard it crashed the website

The millennial railcard announced in Philip Hammond's last Autumn Budget largely grants those aged 26-30 the same privileges as holders of the 16-25 railcard; that is, a third off all travel.

But only 10,000 will be released, meaning around one in 500 people in the age range will have one.

Twitter user Emily Thomas described trying to get the new railcard as being worse than trying to buy a Glastonbury ticket. There is now a limited number of cards available while the scheme is trialled to assess the impact on revenue and passenger numbers, however, it is expected it will eventually be rolled out across the UK. What's this?, but because travelling around is so important to the economy (it means people can get to work, or can visit other places, for example) the government is still quite involved in how it's run and how much those tickets can cost.

In a message to the National Railcards Twitter account at 7.48am, youth worker Josh Booth, from Leeds, posted: "Been trying to get 26-30 railcard since 7am, your website crashing and been on hold on the phone since then".

New railcards have gone on sale online, but with only 10,000 available the website is struggling to cope with demand.

But dozens of passengers took to social media on Tuesday morning to express their frustration at being unable to use the website selling the cards. "Sort out your website to make it fair!"

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

However, it's not good news for everyone, as the railcard can not be used on season tickets, which many working and commuting young people buy to make daily travel to work slightly cheaper.

However, rather than being a physical card, the 26-30 card will be available via the Railcard app on your phone.

It can only be bought online and must be downloaded to a smartphone.

However, a £12 minimum fare applies for journeys starting between 4.30am-10am Monday to Friday, excluding Advance Fares. 26-30 railcard will help 4.5m save money on fares by Spring.

The move follows a trial of a digital 26-30 Railcard for customers living in the Greater Anglia rail network area from 6 December 2017.

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