All you need to know about the new 'Millennial Railcard'

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"This is due to the exceptionally high volume of traffic on the 26-30 Railcard website".

You may have a struggle on your hands - within minutes of the 10,000 available railcards going on sale at 7am this morning, the website was struggling to cope with demand. "We're really sorry this is happing and have our whole team on it".

"Due to the unprecedented demand we have been working with our suppliers throughout the morning to further increase the capacity on the website to create a better experience for our customers".

The Government promised that up to 4.5million Brits aged 26-30 will benefit from the card, but 10,000 "millennial" railcards were made available today as part of a trial of the scheme.

This new card will costs £30 per year and will only be available digitally, meant to be used on smartphones.

"Railcards are still available to purchase and people should keep checking @Railcard Twitter and Facebook pages for updates".

But dozens of passengers took to social media on Tuesday morning to express their frustration at being unable to use the website selling the cards. Others compared getting hold of the railcard to winning an elusive Golden Ticket in Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. "Sort out your website to make it fair!"

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

The card is aimed at leisure travellers rather than commuters, as it offers no discounts on season tickets and a £12 minimum fare on all journeys between 4.30am and 10am, excluding weekends and public holidays. 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).

The first trial of the scheme was on Greater Anglia services.

The majority of people would not be able to get additional discounts between the age of 25 and 60, when a senior railcard kicks in.

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