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Family Railcard overhauled


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Family Railcard overhauled
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date
15 April 2000
source ATOC
type Press release



The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) today announced changes to the Family Railcard, which will take effect on 28 May 2000.

The Family Railcard is a nationwide service provided by Britain's passenger train companies on a voluntary basis, and makes family travel more affordable. The changes to the product will see children being able to travel for as little as £1 for short journeys throughout the country - a benefit not offered to Family Railcard users throughout Britain since 1994.

Independent market research conducted for ATOC showed that Family Railcard customers would prefer to receive a higher discount on the full adult fare than pay the full adult fare and take accompanying children free. The new scheme abolishes the flat-rate £2.00 ticket price for accompanying children and gives a 60% discount off the normal child fare (min £1). A larger discount for adults applies by abolishing the 20% discount on some tickets and replacing it with a 33% discount.

George Muir, Director General of ATOC, said: "We designed the Family Railcard changes to respond to passenger views and be fairer across the board. A typical family of two adults and two children will save 43% on the full ticket price under the new scheme. We hope the changes will encourage families to use the trains more often for days out".

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For information contact: ATOC press office 020 7904 3010


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