Henry Smith MP welcomes New Railcards Slashing Fares for a Generation in Crawley

Henry Smith MP has welcomed the news that the Government are introducing a brand new railcard, which will halve all rail fares for 16 and 17 year olds.

The railcard will give 16-17 year olds 50 per cent off all fares from September including season tickets and peak services, and will provide a real boost for young people and their parents in Crawley, with many saving thousands a year.

The Government is also launching an industry-led 26-30 year old railcard, giving this age group in Crawley a fairer deal in their commute to work by cutting a third off their rail fares.

The Crawley MP also welcomed the announcement today that the Government will be freezing rail fares in line with inflation for the sixth year in a row, unlike the previous Labour government which increased rail fares above inflation by 7.5 per cent in 2009.

On top of this, the Government is launching a review to transform Britain’s railways, improve services and provide better value for money for passengers.

 

Henry said;

“I’m delighted by today’s announcements which will provide a genuine boost for hardworking families and young people in Crawley.

“Thanks to a balanced approach to the economy the Government have been able to invest more in the vital public services we all rely on whilst helping people with the cost of living so they can keep more of what they earn.”