London transport watchdog welcomes fares boost for young passengers22 November 2017
London’s passenger watchdog has welcomed today’s Budget announcement increasing the age young people can qualify for a Young Person’s Railcard from 25 to 30.
Chair of London TravelWatch, Arthur Leathley commented: ‘The cost of travel is a huge issue for passengers, with season ticket prices set to increase by 3.6% in the new year and rising pressures on household budgets showing no sign of letting up. Today’s announcement will help make travel more affordable for potentially another million young people living in and around London who together will be able to save around £150m a year.’
Arthur continued: ‘Of course these discounts only apply to off peak travel and few people will be able to save money on their daily commute. So there is still much operators could do to improve season ticket value for money – we made a number of suggestions about how this might be done in our recent research.’
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