Railcard Wonderland

Posted on 19 March 2003 in Transport (No comments)

My Young Persons Railcard expired today. No more cheaper train fares thought I. Once you hit 25 you can't buy another, thought I.

And lo, Andrew thought wrong.

If you hunt around the Young Persons Railcard website, it talks about the card being valid between 16 and 25, but doesn't really talk about being able to buy them when you're 25, and the leaflet isn't much better.

I had previously assumed that once I got to 25, no more purchasing another Railcard, but to quote the railcard website FAQ:

"What happens if I have my 26th birthday before my Railcard runs out?

"You can buy or renew your Young Persons Railcard up to and including the day before your 26th birthday and keep using it until its expiry date. So, even if you turn 26 during the validity of your Railcard you can still keep saving money."

And here was me about to write a eulogy for those train savings of times gone by! Rest assured that before my 26th birthday, I'll be buying my very last Young Persons Railcard, and only when that runs out will I be moaning about having to pay full fare on trains.

(I can hear everyone who does pay full fare on trains, waving their fists at me and going grr, already.)

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