Rail passengers will, as of Monday, be able to buy the brand new Two Together Railcard.
It is the first Railcard to be launched in the UK for 30 years and will allow pairs of adults travelling together by train to use the card to save a third off the cost of their journey. The card is designed to fill a gap in the existing family of Railcards. Last year over 116 million journeys were made by Railcard holders who on average saved £148.00 over the course of the year.
Iain Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South and PPS to the Secretary of State for Transport, said: “This is really good news. Railcards are extremely useful for those that travel on a regular basis and I know this will be a welcome addition.
“I know cost is a concern for rail passengers. The government curbed fares early this year and I know they are looking at other ways in which they can help bring costs down. But, railcards and purchasing tickets in advance are becoming increasingly popular and this new card will be welcomed by many regular passengers.”
Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin MP said: “Over the next five years, passengers will benefit from investment of more than £38 billion in our railways, which will mean faster, more reliable journeys to hundreds of destinations across the UK. Thanks to this innovative product, even more passengers can make the most of the many benefits of travelling by train.”
More information on the Two Together Railcard can be found at www.railcard.co.uk.