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RAILCARDS

3/3/11

Train companies are not sure whether they like railcards or not. In May they changed the rules again. Here are the new rules for the main cards.

Network Railcards

Anyone can buy these.  They give 1/3 off of fares in the South East after 10 am.  But the minimum fare is now £13 except at weekends and bank holidays.  Since this is more expensive than cheap day tickets to London and nearly all cheap day tickets locally the card is not much use to most people. It costs £25 per year

Senior Railcard

Available if you are over 60 for £26, although you can get a 3 year one for £65. Not available on morning peak trains Monday to Friday 1/3 off advance, super off peak, off peak and ordinary tickets.

Family and Friends Railcard

Available if you travel with at least one child. They cost £26, although you can get a 3 year one for £65. Not available on morning peak trains Monday to Friday 1/3 off advance, super off peak, off peak and ordinary tickets

16-25 Railcard

Available if you are in this age range. They cost £26, although you can get a 3 year one for £65. Not available on morning peak trains Monday to Friday 1/3 off advance, super off peak, off peak and ordinary tickets.  There is a £12 minimum charge if you travel before 10 am Monday to Friday except on advance tickets, on holidays and in July and August.

Disabled Persons Railcard

For people with disabilities.  Visit www.disabledpersons-railcard.co.uk/buying-your-railcard to see if you qualify. Costs £18 for one year, £48 for 3 years. 1/3 off advance, super off peak, off peak and ordinary tickets

Network Gold Card

If the network railcard doesn’t meet your needs and you do not qualify for any of the other cards, you might want to think about buying an annual season ticket- called a Network Gold Card. You get 1/3 off super off peak, off peak and ordinary tickets after 10 am Monday to Friday, anytime weekends,(but not advance tickets). For what its worth, you can get a network railcard for someone else for £1.  The cheapest one costs £140, from Newhaven Harbour to Newhaven Town.  It is probably worth buying if you travel up to London, leaving after 10 and coming back in the rush hour more than 19 times a year, or if you travel to Brighton off peak twice a week or more.