Website for millennial railcard crashes

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Hoping to get hold of the new 26-30 railcard, dubbed the millennial railcard, today?

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).

Unfortunately, only 10,000 railcards are on sale now because the initiative is still only being trialled.

The trial of the 26-30 railcard is part of the rail industry's long-term plan to change, improve and boost communities by enabling more people to travel by train. "We were prepared for demand to be similar to that of previous trial launches", said a spokeswoman for the Rail Delivery Group, which represents the train companies and Network Rail. This is due to the exceptionally high volume of traffic on the 26-30 Railcard website. 10,000 were released this morning, and we're all so desperate for the deals the website crashed.

Some passengers have been expressing their irritation at the problems.

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.

They can only be bought online and downloaded on to a smartphone. However, the site states that the service is unavailable when visitors press the "buy" button. The railcard must also be paid for by card.

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However, 90 minutes later it was still impossible to buy the coveted card online.

"It is today or it is never", she told BBC Radio 5 Live.

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"They were a bit naive to think it would not be flying off the shelves".

26-30 Railcard holders will get 1/3 off standard anytime and off-peak fares, as well as off standard and first class advance fares, across the whole National Rail network.

The card is aimed at leisure travellers rather than commuters, as it offers no discounts on season tickets and a £12 minimum fare on all journeys between 4.30am and 10am, excluding weekends and public holidays.

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