HAILSHAM: Railcard subsidies for Hailsham’s senior citizens

HAILSHAM’S senior residents are being reminded they are eligible to claim a subsidy against their senior railcard.

More than 2,000 senior railcards have been part-refunded since Hailsham Town Council launched the scheme in 2002.

The town council is the only council in the south-east to offer this welcome benefit to residents.

Councillor Nigel Coltman, chairman of the town council’s finance and budget oversight committee said, “The council is proud to support senior citizens who face difficult times at the moment due to low interest rates on their savings by continuing to offer our senior railcard subsidy scheme.

“The aim of the subsidy scheme is to encourage eligible senior railcard holders to enjoy the freedom of travel that this mode of transport offers and enhance public transport choice overall.”

Only people of retirement age and living within the Hailsham Parish are eligible to claim a subsidy from Hailsham Town Council on their senior railcard, which can be used on most train operators throughout the United Kingdom allowing card holders a third off train fares, off-peak.

Subsidy payments for valid senior railcards are currently capped to a maximum of £15 per person per annum (or actual cost if lower than £15). Simply take your railcard to the town council offices (Inglenook, Market Street), along with proof of current address, and you will be granted a part-refund.

Terms and conditions apply for subsidies on two or three-year railcards.

Refer to hailsham-tc.gov.uk for further details or call the town council on 841702.