TRANSPORT: A great discount for teens on the trains.


As of September this year, young people who take to the railways to get about Dorset and the rest of the country will be eligible to receive 50 per cent off their train fares. 

Saving money is a time-old strategy of students and young people alike, so those who are aged 16 or 17, will be pleased to hear they can now enjoy half off the price of standard Anytime, Off-Peak, Advance and Season tickets, to help save money on trips into town, days out to the coast, travel to college or weekend festivals with the purchase of the new rail-card.

On sale from the 20th of August and set to come into force on the 2nd of September, a ’16-17 Saver’ can be bought for just £30 and is then valid for one year or until your 18th birthday, whichever comes first.

As well as the perks of a massive discount, the saver card has no time restrictions and no minimum fare. 

Bournemouth Train Station has long been treated as a major stop on the South Western Main Line from London Waterloo to Weymouth, a journey that takes as little as 97 minutes, so younger travellers across this line in particular are set to benefit massively and ride the train happily in the knowledge they are doing so cheaper than the rest!

A regular Off Peak return ticket from Bournemouth Station to London Waterloo is usually £62.40, but from September those with the new Saver card would be able to travel this same route for only £31.20.

Similarly a normal, quick off peak commute from Christchurch to Bournemouth and back would cost £3.90, but the Saver card could get you to the beach and home again for only £1.95. 

Figures for 2017-18 recorded that over 2.7 million people used Bournemouth station in the year but this may look to increase before the next set of results are released if more people can travel with the incentive of a cheaper price.

For more information and how to buy a card click here.


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