MP hails railcard as aid to jobless

Fylde MP Mark Menzies
Fylde MP Mark Menzies
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A NEW railcard designed to help jobseekers get to and from interviews cheaply has won the backing of Fylde MP Mark Menzies.

Mr Menzies attended an event in Parliament last week to make sure as many people as possible in Fylde know about the help on offer when they are looking for work.

He said: “I was delighted to sign up to show my support for the card.

“In these tough economic times anything that makes it easier to travel to a job interview or training is very welcome news.”

The railcard began running in October. It offers jobseekers a 50 per cent discount on train fares as they travel to interviews, the JobCentre or training

Currently an average of 7,723 journeys are made each week using the card, and Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) research shows 36 per cent of people would not have been able to attend interviews its help.

Edward Welsh, corporate affairs director at ATOC, said: “The railway also helps the unemployed to look for work further afield than their home town which is good for jobs and the economy.”

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