A new national railcard has been launched to allow regular travelling companions to save on their rail fares.
The “Two Together Railcard” costs £30 per year – £15 per person – and can be used by the two named cardholders to save a third on journeys after 09:30 on weekdays and all day at weekends.
The new product joins the popular Young Person’s Railcard (now 16-25 Railcard), Senior Railcard, and Family & Friends Railcard, and becomes the first new launch in many years.
The card can be purchased by travellers aged 16 years or over, and can be used for savings on most standard and first-class tickets after 09:30 on weekdays and all day on weekends and public holidays. Both cardholders have to travel for the discount to apply.
Discount is available on Gatwick Express, Standard Express, Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect services to major London airports. It is also available on day travelcards when bought as part of a ticket to London.
It does not apply to season tickets or Oyster Pay as You Go in London, however.
Nevertheless, it will be positive news for any two regular travelling companions, who might be able to recover the cost of their railcard in just a few journeys.
For example, two advance single tickets from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly costs £54. With the ‘Two Together’ card, this drops to just £35.60 – a saving of £18.40.
Rail fares have risen consistently above inflation during recent years, while both satisfaction and punctuality levels have fallen.
In a recent consumer survey, 11 of the 19 rail operators scored less than 50% in satisfaction levels. Southeastern and Greater Anglican scored just 40%.
The additional discount for the previously underrepresented 26-59 travelling community will be welcome, then, though it begs the obvious question about why a £30 card is necessary to procure cheaper fares – especially while Network Rail continues to reward itself for desperately poor performance.
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