Railways: Railcards

House of Lords written question – answered on 16th November 2010.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government why citizens of the European Union are eligible for a National Rail senior railcard.

To ask Her Majesty's Government why non European Union citizens are eligible for a National Rail senior railcard.

Photo of Earl Attlee Earl Attlee Lords Spokesperson (Department for Transport), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The senior railcard generates revenue for the rail industry, when the revenue generated by the sale of the card itself is taken into consideration, together with the additional rail trips it generates. There is no direct government subsidy to National Rail senior railcards.

Currently, the terms of the senior railcard do not include a citizenship requirement. Anyone aged over 60 is eligible to buy a senior railcard, if they can provide a valid United Kingdom driving licence or a birth certificate or passport number (from any nation).

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