July 6th 2010
More people are using Railcards to save money.
ATOC reports a 40% rise in journeys made using a Railcard. Money conscious passengers are saving an estimated £230m every year on rail travel. A record 70 million journeys have been made using a Railcard during the last 12 months - a rise of over 40% compared with five years ago. ATOC wants to see more people taking up the cheap travel on offer with various Railcards.
However, says Michael Roberts, Chief Executive of ATOC, ‘A significant number of people aren't getting the discounts that they could be eligible for. The campaign being launched today will make sure that passengers are making the most of the range of savings that are available to them by getting a Railcard.
‘We hope that by providing people with discounted travel we can encourage students to go home and see their parents from time to time, bring families together for day trips and help the over 60s to get out and about well into old age. Sending an e-mail or talking on the phone is no substitute for meeting up with friends and family face to face.'
The three main Railcards are the Senior Railcard for anyone over 60, the 16-25 Railcard for young people and the Family and Friends Railcard for adults travelling with children between the ages of five and 15. All entitle passengers to a third off most rail fares, with a 60% discount for children travelling on a Family & Friends Railcard.