Railcard lets two travel and save
1:48pm Sunday 2nd March 2014 in © Press Association 2014
A new railcard allowing two people travelling together to save a third on train fares will go on sale tomorrow.
The Two Together Railcard costs £30 a year and can be used an unlimited number of times by two named and photographed people.
Railcards were previously only available to those who were either under 26, over 60, disabled, serving in the armed forces or travelling with children.
It is the first national railcard to be launched for 30 years and gives couples, pairs of friends, relatives or colleagues the chance to make significant savings on fares.
It can be used to save on standard and first class Anytime, Off-Peak and Advance tickets for travel throughout Britain after 9.30am Monday to Friday and all day on weekends and bank holidays.
David Mapp, commercial director at Atoc (the Association of Train Operating Companies), said: "The Two Together Railcard is the first new national railcard in 30 years and will make train journeys even more attractive for pairs of passengers nationwide.
"It's ideal for visiting family and friends, day trips or weekend breaks, so the Two Together Railcard will encourage more people to leave the car at home and take the train instead.
"As well as savings on rail travel, the new railcard also offers savings on attractions, theatre shows, restaurants, hotels and more."
Atoc gave the example of two Super Off-Peak single tickets from Birmingham New Street to London Euston which would normally cost £45.80 but with the new railcard the two passengers can get to the capital for £30.50 - a saving of £15.30.
Two Advance single tickets from Newcastle to Leeds will now cost £14.50 - saving £7.50.
Atoc expects the average saving for holders of the Two Together Railcard to be over £100 a year.