By James Salmon Transport Editor For The Daily Mail
Published: 00:03 GMT, 2 January 2019 | Updated: 07:34 GMT, 2 January 2019
Millions more young rail passengers will benefit from cheaper fares as prices soar for older travellers.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling boasted last night that new railcards for teenagers and under-30s will cut fares for a 'generation'.
But commuters will stage demonstrations at stations across the UK today in protest at surging season ticket costs.
Last night one campaign group said cheaper travel for younger passengers was 'no substitute for fundamental reform' of rail fares which should benefit all.
Chris Grayling (pictured) announced a new railcard for those aged 16 and 17 in a bid to take the sting out of the backlash against fare increases
Mr Grayling announced a new railcard for those aged 16 and 17 in a bid to take the sting out of the backlash against fare increases. This will extend half-price child fares to up to 1.2million teenagers, saving hundreds of pounds a year for families.
It will guarantee 50 per cent off most fares, including peak, off-peak, super off-peak and advanced tickets, as well as travelcards.
The scheme will be launched in September to coincide with the new academic year.
A new national railcard for those aged between 26 and 30 will go on sale from midday today, offering up to 4.4million young adults a discount of a third on many rail journeys – although there are no discounts on season tickets.
Some 4million people already hold a '16 to 25' discount railcard, and the two new railcards mean that everyone under