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March 25, 2013 5:06 PM
Senior Railcard event

Mark with Baroness Joan Bakewell of Stockport

Last Wednesday 20 March local MP Mark Hunter welcomed the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) and Age UK and older people's campaigner Baroness Joan Bakewell of Stockport at an event to celebrate the success of Senior Railcards.

The Railcard was launched in 1975, and more people than ever aged 60 or over, a record 1.1 million people, own the Railcard. The Railcard offers an third off the cost of most standard and first class train tickets on the National Rail network, and journeys made with the Railcard have risen by 74% over the past year. 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.

Speaking after the event, Mark Hunter said:

"I know that many people across our area value their Senior Railcard. That's why I was delighted to show my support for the Railcard and congratulate ATOC and train companies on their record breaking year."

Michael Roberts, ATOC Chief Executive, said:

"I was delighted Mark 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 Mark and older people's campaign groups to make rail travel even more accessible for the over 60s."