Phillip Hammond has been under pressure to appeal to younger voters after they turned to Labour in their droves at the election.
The chancellor revealed in the budget how the government plans to introduce a new ‘millennial railcard’ in an ambitious attempt to get young voters back on their side.
In the first budget since losing their majority, the Conservatives are proposing to extend the use of the young person’s railcard to people aged between 26-30.
The expansion is thought to enable around 4.5 million more people to get 30% off their train tickets.
The card, which will be available from spring 2018, has been welcomed by some who say it can save them hundreds of pounds a year.
Others argue that it risks frustrating those in their 30’s, who also turned to Labour, as they just miss out on the threshold. And some question whether such an obvious handout will tempt those in their 20’s back to the Tories.
Criticisms also include how the railcard is unlikely to be much use for every day commuters, as it can only be used for off-peak travel – which begins at 10am.
Buzz asked regular train users outside Bournemouth train station for their opinion on the government’s proposal.
After being tested in East Anglia, the ‘millennial railcard’ has taken the next step in its development and gone national.
For a fee of £30 a year, the expanded age group will be entitled to the full benefits of the card. On average, 16-25 holders currently save £150 per year.