John Pugh MP supports Britain’s travelling Seniors

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Southport MP John Pugh joined the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC), Age UK and older people’s champion Baroness Joan Bakewell to celebrate the success of Senior Railcards.

More people than ever aged 60 or over now own the Railcard which was launched in 1975 and offers an third off the cost of most standard and first class train tickets on the National Rail network.

Recently-published research shows that:

·         The number of people using a Senior Railcard has increased up by almost 50%, to hit a record 1.1million last year.

·          Journeys made with the Railcard have risen by 74%, to more than 25million in 2012.

·          The average distance travelled with a Senior Railcard is now 71 miles, 15% further than in 2006

.          Around one third of the Railcard holders say they use it to visit friends and relatives and one out of 10 for a day out.

The research also shows that our area is among the top destinations for the over 60s, with 40,900 Senior Railcard journeys to Southport station last year, putting it in the top four percent of stations in the country for railcard destinations.

The railcard celebration at the House of Commons was addressed by Rail Minister Simon Burns MP, Transport Select Committee Chair Louise Ellman MP and ATOC Chief Executive Michael Roberts.

John Pugh said:

“I know that many people in Southport value their Senior Railcard. That’s why I was delighted to show my support. The Railcard is beneficial not only those that have one, but also to the Southport economy – bringing thousands of visitors into our town each year.”

Older people’s champion Baroness Joan Bakewell said:

“As a Senior Railcard holder, I know it can make all the difference to encourage the ‘over 60s’ to get out and about to visit friends, family and attractions across the country.  With over 25 million journeys made using the Railcard last year, I’m clearly not alone –  it’s great to be one of the million Senior Railcard holders who are making the most of the great deals on train fares it offers.”

Michael Roberts, ATOC Chief Executive, said:

“I was delighted John Pugh was able to join us to celebrate the success of Senior Railcards. Train companies are committed to responding to passengers’ needs and will continue to work closely with John and older people’s campaign groups to make rail travel even more accessible for the over 60s.”

Picture: John Pugh MP joins Baroness Joan Bakewell in adding his signature to the giant Senior Railcard.

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