Antony Higginbotham welcomes new railcards slashing fares for a generation

Antony Higginbotham has today welcomed the news that the Conservative Government are introducing a brand new railcard, which will halve all rail fares for 16 and 17-year-olds. 

The railcard will give 16-17 year olds 50 per cent off all fares from September including season tickets and peak services, and will provide a real boost for young people and their parents with many saving thousands a year.

The Conservative Government is also launching an industry led 26-30 year old railcard, giving this age group a fairer deal in their commute to work by cutting a third off their rail fares.

Antony Higginbotham also welcomes the announcement today that this Government will be freezing rail fares in line with inflation for the sixth year in a row, unlike the Labour Government who increased rail fares above inflation by 7.5 per cent in 2009.

On top of this, the Government is launching a review to transform Britain’s railways, improve services and provide better value for money for passengers.

Commenting, Antony said:

“I am delighted by today’s announcements which will provide a genuine boost for hardworking families and young people across the country. 

The Government review is particularly welcome, with rail services across the North West not yet delivering the economic benefits they could. Getting these services into a better state, and ensuring they are affordable for all with these new railcards, will be vital to delivering on the Northern Powerhouse."