Millennial railcard chaos as site crashes and only 10000 available

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Millennial railcard chaos as site crashes and only 10000 available

The launch of a new millennial railcard was branded a "shambles" today after the website selling the tickets crashed due to high demand.

The cards could be applied for from today but as there are only 10,000 now available, they are being issued on a first-come, first-serve basis, the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) said. There are just 10,000 available.

There will be a limit on the number of 26-30 Railcards available while the scheme is trialled to assess the impact on revenue and passenger numbers.

In a message to the National Railcards Twitter account at 7.48am, youth worker Josh Booth, from Leeds, posted: "Been trying to get 26-30 railcard since 7am, your website crashing and been on hold on the phone since then". "Please bear with us".

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.

This new card will costs £30 per year and will only be available digitally, meant to be used on smartphones.

But the sign-up site was unable to cope with the high traffic as millennials nationwide battled to secure the passes, which can be used by people aged between 26 and 30, cost £30 and offer a third off most fares in Britain.

The card is aimed at leisure travel, and will not be applicable to season tickets. There is now a limited number of cards available while the scheme is trialled to assess the impact on revenue and passenger numbers, however, it is expected it will eventually be rolled out across the UK.

Although the decision to make travel cheaper for greater numbers of young people has been widely welcomed, some have said it does not go far enough to solve the transport and economic problems affecting the UK.

The majority of people would not be able to get additional discounts between the age of 25 and 60, when a senior railcard kicks in.

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