'Shambles' as millennial railcard site crashes

'Shambles' as millennial railcard site crashes

Today, the new millennial railcard was released, providing discounted train travel to young people aged 26 to 31.

"Due to the unprecedented demand we have been working with our suppliers throughout the morning to further increase the capacity on the website to create a better experience for our customers".

"This morning, when the 26-30 railcard trial began, the National Railcard website was receiving 12 times the normal number of visitors. We recommend that customers continue trying the National Railcard website, and keep an eye on @_Railcards Twitter and Facebook pages for updates".

Some compared the difficulty of getting a card to the white hot rage felt by those familiar with attempting to buy in-demand tickets to Glastonbury. "Sort out your website to make it fair!" wrote Emily Thomas, from London.

Tom Drury, from London, wrote: 'The launch of the new railcard is a shambles'.

The new "millennial" rail card for people aged between 26 and 30, taking a third off "most rail fares across Britain", was announced a year ago before trialling in East Anglia in December, and now a larger "trial" is beginning tomorrow (Tues 13 March).

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It can only be bought online and must be downloaded to a smartphone. What's this?, but because travelling around is so important to the economy (it means people can get to work, or can visit other places, for example) the government is still quite involved in how it's run and how much those tickets can cost. However, the website was still down as of 2pm on 13th March.

One of those struggling to buy a card is Helen Coffey, deputy head of travel at The Independent.

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The chaos surrounding the railcard's launch will see many disappointed, particularly those at the upper end of the age bracket for whom this was the last chance to enjoy discounted travel until they hit 60 and qualify for a Senior Railcard.

Not only that, the railcard will be valid for the full year until you turn 32! Meanwhile, purchasing the railcard over the phone is also proving hard - The Independent has been on hold for more than 40 minutes at the time of writing (with no end in sight).

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