Budget 2017 – Reducing the cost of transport

James Brokenshire has welcomed news that will see the introduction of a new rail card for 26-30 year olds and other measures set out in the Chancellor’s Budget Statement designed to support road users.

The new 26-30 rail card will cut fares for those up to the age of 30 by one third, helping young people with what is often one of their most significant outgoings. This extends the discount scheme currently in place for those between the ages of 18-25 and will mean that as many as 4.5million young people are able to use the railways at a reduced cost.

There is good news for road users too, with fuel duty being frozen for the eighth consecutive year. This announcement means that the average car driver is £850 better off since 2010 and the average van driver has benefitted by as much as £2,100.

Commenting James said:

“Since 2010 the Government has undertaken the most significant road and rail construction programme since Victorian times, working hard to ensure that Britain has a transport network that is fit for the future.”

“Locally, I welcome the news that young people up to the age of 30 will receive additional support with the cost of fares. However, there is more to do in order to ensure that we have a local rail network that delivers the levels of reliability, capacity and customer service that we all expect and I shall be continuing with efforts to ensure that the current refranchising process helps us towards achieving these aims.”