REDDITCH MP Rachel Maclean has welcomed the announcement that the Conservative Government is introducing a brand-new railcard, which will halve all rail fares for 16 and 17-year-olds across the country, including Redditch.
The railcard will give the teenagers 50 per cent off all fares from September including season tickets and peak services, and will provide a boost for young people and their parents.
The announcement came on the same day that rail fares increased by an average of 3.1 per cent the country – 3.2 per cent on the Redditch line.
Mrs Maclean said the Government is also launching a railcard for 26 to 30 year-olds, giving them a fairer deal in their commute to work by cutting a third off rail fares.
“I am delighted by these announcements which will provide a genuine boost for hardworking families and young people in Redditch.
“We expect young people to stay in education or training until they’re 18, so it’s absolutely right we help them with their travel costs.
“Thanks to our balanced approach to the economy the Conservative Government has been able to invest more in the vital public services we all rely on while helping people with the cost of living so they can keep more of what they earn.”