So many people wanted the new Millennial Railcard it crashed the website

Millennial 26-30 railcard to launch nationwide

The new "millennial" rail card for people aged between 26 and 30, taking a third off "most rail fares across Britain", was announced previous year before trialling in East Anglia in December, and now a larger "trial" is beginning tomorrow (Tues 13 March).

The rush to purchase the online railcards caused the website to crash for several hours shortly after their release as it was unable to cope with the high demand.

The new railcard can be bought on the 26-30 railcard website. The site had been updated with the message: "Due to high demand access to buy is limited".

Although 4.5 million people could benefit, just 10,000 railcards are being offered on a first come, first served basis - meaning only about one in 500 people in this age range will have one. 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).

Emily Thomas, from London, wrote: "Getting a 26-30 railcard is worse than getting a Glastonbury ticket".

However, people trying to buy the national railcard today have experienced problems doing so as the website keeps crashing.

Tom Drury, from London, wrote: 'The launch of the new railcard is a shambles'.

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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".

The cards costs £30 each year and will allow users to save a third off most fares, although the cost of some peak time travel will not be reduced and no discount will be given on season tickets.

Currently, people aged 16-25 can buy a railcard to get a third off their fares, as well as couples in a Two Together scheme, or families in a group card.

How much are the 26-30 railcards?

A £12 minimum fare will also apply for journeys starting between 4.30am and 10am Monday to Friday, excluding advance fares.

But with only 10,000 available on the first day it is easy to see how travellers might get frustrated.

If your phone runs out of battery or gets lost, the Railcard can be transferred to another mobile device.

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