Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has criticised the government’s confusion over their Budget commitment to a “millennial” railcard for those aged 26-30.
Government ministers have been arguing over who will pay for the railcard discounts, with the rail companies wanting government to pay out.
There was a limited trial, focused on the Greater Anglia area, in March with 10,000 cards, which proved so popular that the website crashed.
Mr Zeichner said “It’s a real shame that yet again the government is failing young people by making promises then breaking them. It’s not difficult -; other countries manage to provide excellent transport for reasonable prices. Its clear that our rail system is broken, with the Transport Secretary announcing renationalisation of the East Coast part of it just yesterday, but while the Conservatives remain obsessed with privatisation they are not going to be able to deliver cheaper fares for young people. Young people should not have to pick up the price tag, and the Government should keep their promises. “