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14 March 2018, 03:21 | Joann Bryant
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The 26-30 card has been dubbed the millennial railcard, and was announced by Philip Hammond in his Budget speech in November, to give 4.5 million more people a third off their rail travel.
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"We've had an unprecedented number of people visiting our site for the 26-30 Railcard". This is due to the exceptionally high volume of traffic on the 26-30 Railcard website. 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).
Harriot Bishop wrote on Twitter: "Trying to get a 26-30 Railcard is about as painful as trying to get tickets for Take That's Progress tour in 2010 (and this is the least millennial reference you'll see on the subject today)".
So, that has prompted quite a flurry this morning, with National Railcards Twitter saying "the whole team" was working at getting the website back on track.
Meanwhile, Tom Drury, from London, wrote: "The launch of the new railcard is a shambles".
The card is aimed at leisure travel, and will not be applicable to season tickets.
However, rather than being a physical card, the 26-30 card will be available via the Railcard app on your phone.
They can only be bought online and downloaded on to a smartphone.
A spokesperson for Rail Delivery Group, which represents the train companies and Network Rail said: "We're sorry to those who have been unable to buy a trial 26-30 Railcard this morning".
If you're one of the lucky ones to get one of the first 10,000 cards you need to be armed with some information to process your application.
However, a £12 minimum fare applies for journeys starting between 4.30am-10am Monday to Friday, excluding Advance Fares.
If you are aged 30 at the time that the Railcard is purchased, you may still travel at the discounted fare throughout the validity period of the Railcard, even if you become 31 years old during that time.
The card is meant to be used on a smartphone, but if you lose your phone or your phone dies you can transfer the card to another phone online.
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