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Passengers reap £20m of savings a year after the launch of the Two Together Railcard


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Passengers reap £20m of savings a year after the launch of the Two Together Railcard
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2015-02-16 2013-14 Rail Industry Financials (ORR, 2015)


date
3 March 2015
source Rail Delivery Group
type Press release



Figures released today reveal passengers have already saved more than £20 million on their rail travel over the last year following the launch of the Two Together Railcard.

Launched on Monday 3 March 2014, Two Together was the first national Railcard to arrive in Britain for over 30 years and gives two named people a third off rail fares when they travel together.

In just a year, over 215,000 Two Together Railcards have been sold and more than 3 million journeys made. The first cardholders have saved on average £127.48 over the course of the year, including the £30 cost of the Railcard.

A third of Railcards were bought by people in London and the South East, while more than a quarter were purchased by those in the North West, North East and Yorkshire and the Humber.

The longest journey made using the Railcard saw two intrepid travellers cover the 1,043 miles between Reading and Culrain in the Scottish Highlands, saving an estimated £118.40 on their trip.

The most popular destinations included London, Manchester, Edinburgh and York.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “We are investing record amounts in our railways as part of our long term economic plan to give passenger more services, more seats and modern trains.

“The Two Together railcard helps cut the cost of travel, and I hope many more people will take advantage of schemes like this and make the most of our railways.”

David Mapp, Commercial Director at The Association of Train Operating Companies, said: “It’s fantastic to know that for anyone travelling as a pair, whether they are a couple, friends or relatives, using a Two Together Railcard can make it even more cost effective.”

The Two Together Railcard is one of the latest innovations by the rail industry aimed at encouraging more people to leave the car at home and travel by train. A combination of train operators focussing on selling good value fares and the government investing heavily to improve services has helped to ensure passenger numbers have continued to rise over the last year, despite falling petrol prices. With passengers making more than 1.6 billion rail journeys last year, Britain has the fastest growing major railway in Europe.

David Mapp continued: “We launched the Two Together Railcard in a bid to encourage people to make even more journeys by train rather than road saving both money and the environment.

“The Railcard’s popularity has surpassed even our own high expectations and with average savings coming in at more than £127 per card the benefits to passengers are clear.

“Our market research has found that 97 per cent of users are satisfied or very satisfied with the Two Together Railcard, with the vast majority planning to renew their Railcard for another year.”

A Two Together Railcard costs just £30 a year and there is no limit on the number of times it can be used, which means the potential savings are huge.

The Railcard can be used to save on Standard and First Class Anytime, Off-Peak and Advance tickets for travel throughout Great Britain after 0930 Monday to Friday and all day on weekends and bank holidays.

For more information or to purchase a Two Together Railcard visit www.twotogether-railcard.co.uk

ENDS

Notes to editors

Top 10 stations where Two Together Railcards are bought

KING'S CROSS LONDON
EUSTON LONDON
NEWCASTLE
PADDINGTON LONDON
EDINBURGH
MANCHESTER PICCADILLY
YORK
BIRMINGHAM NEW ST
READING
SHEFFIELD

Two Together Railcard purchases by region

London - 21%
South East - 13%
North West - 12%
Yorkshire & Humberside - 9%
South West - 8%
East of England - 8%
Scotland - 7%
West Midlands - 7%
East Midlands - 6%
North East - 5%
Wales - 3%

Other facts and figures

o A Two Together Railcard can be purchased online or at any National Rail staffed station nationwide
o The Two Together Railcard is for two named individuals, aged 16 years or over, with a photo of each named Cardholder on the card
o Both named cardholders must be travelling together for the discount to apply
o The Railcard is valid for a year from the date of purchase
o Total discounted tickets sales with the Railcard were £40,590,956 in the first year
o Total savings on tickets bought with the Railcard were £20,910,492 (34% discount)
o Average savings are based on total savings made on journeys with the Two Together Railcard (£20,910,492), divided by the average number o of Railcards in circulation (128,877), over the course of the year (£157.48), minus the £30 card price (£127.48).

More details about the Two Together Railcard are available at www.twotogether-railcard.co.uk

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