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Five: ways to cut your rail fare
Train tickets are set to rise by more than double inflation in the New Year. Here are five ways you can help bring down the cost.
by Victoria Bischoff on Aug 17, 2012 at 07:31Follow @VBischoff
It’s been a big week for train-related news.
Virgin lost its West Coast Mainline rights to rival train company FirstGroup – and my, Sir Branson is not happy.
But it is rising rail fares that’s really got our attention. Train tickets will rise by over 6% in the New Year – more than double inflation.
With passengers in the UK already paying among the highest train fares in Europe, this is a big blow to commuters already struggling to cope with the rising cost of living.
Here, with the help of mytrainticket.co.uk, we’ve rounded up five ways how you can cut the price of your train tickets.
1. Rail cards
First up is the railcard.
Most people have heard of the Young Person’s railcard which nets those lucky enough to be aged between 16 and 25 a third off their fare. There are also railcards available for those over 60 and people with disabilities.
But did you know about the Network Rail card which anyone living in London and the South can benefit from? Because I didn’t!
You simply pay a £28 fee upfront and in return you get a third off all adult fares and 60% off child tickets for the whole year. Even better up to three adults and six children travelling with you will also get a third – or 60% in the child’s case – off their fare too.
The downside is that you can only use it when travelling within the Network Railcard area – though if you look at the map it’s a pretty sizable area. There are also restrictions on when you can use the card – i.e not before 10am Monday to Friday.
Still, if you regularly travel within the Network Railcard area you could make some serious savings.
2. Be flexible
Next, it pays to be as flexible as possible about the time of day you travel.
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