The Department for Transport (DfT) has confirmed that holders of rail vouchers are to receive a six month extension.

Such vouchers may have been issued for a variety of cases such as Delay Repay, service disruption and so on.

It concerns those vouchers issued between October 20 and June 30, 2021.

Holders are being granted the six month suspension after their original expiry date.

By extending the validity the Government recognises that many people were unable to use these vouchers during lockdown except when travelling for essential reasons.

Good news for voucher holders, but not such good news for the millions of railcard holders.

Last year there were many requests that railcard validity be extended for exactly the same reasons as noted above.

However so far neither the government nor the train operators have changed their position.

In October 2020 quoted a Railcard spokesman as saying, “After careful consideration, the Government has confirmed to us that railcards will main non-refundable and will not be extended.

In 2021 that decision remains unchanged.