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Rail Delivery Group

Train companies to launch new Railcard to boost rail travel
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date
28 February 2014
source Rail Delivery Group
type Press release



Rail industry aims to attract even more people to travel by train

o Two Together Railcard aimed at any two named adults travelling together
o First new national Railcard in 30 years
o National rollout begins next week

Train companies will next week launch a new Railcard to encourage more adults who travel together to take the train and provide a further boost to passenger numbers.

Rolled out nationally from Monday, the Two Together Railcard is aimed at pairs of adults travelling together by train who are eligible to save a third off leisure trips. The card will cost £30 a year for two named people travelling together and is available for travel throughout Britain in both Standard and First Class.

The Two Together Railcard will be supported by a major marketing push including TV, radio, print and digital advertising.

Last year journeys made using Railcards increased by 3.5% to over 116 million journeys.

Significant investment and an industry focused on attracting more rail users have already generated passenger growth unseen for more than 80 years. With passengers making more than 1.5 billion rail journeys last year, Britain now has one the fastest growing major railways in Europe.

By continuing to enhance the network, improve services and offer plenty of good value products, by 2020 the rail industry predicts another 400 million rail journeys will be made each year on Britain’s railways.

Michael Roberts, director general of the Rail Delivery Group, which speaks on behalf of the rail industry said: “The Two Together Railcard is designed to give couples travelling together another reason to take the train and to continue the trend of attracting more and more passengers to rail.

“The first new national Railcard to be launched in over three decades is designed to fill a gap in the existing range of Railcards and allow us to capture an even greater share of the domestic leisure travel market.

“Passengers across the country will also benefit from billions of pounds being spent on improving services with work continuing on major stations as well as thousands of smaller, less visible schemes.”

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Over the next five years, passengers will benefit from investment of more than £38billion in our railways, which will mean faster, more reliable journeys to hundreds of destinations across the UK.

“Thanks to this innovative product, even more passengers can make the most of the many benefits of travelling by train.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

From Monday, Two Together Railcard holders will be able to get a third off Standard and First Class Anytime, Off-Peak and Advance fares on train services throughout Great Britain when travelling after 0930 Monday to Friday, and any time at weekends and on public holidays.

From Monday, full details of the Two Together Railcard will be available at www.twotogether-railcard.co.uk.


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