Military veterans to get cut-price train travel to help boost job prospects and bring them closer to family and friends.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced today that Military veterans will get cut-price train travel to help boost job prospects and bring them closer to family and friends, with a new railcard.
The card will be available to buy from November 11 – Armistice Day – and will cost £21 for an introductory period, before the price is increased to £30. The railcard will extend discounted train travel to the more than 830,000 veterans not covered by existing discounts.
Joined by veterans at St Pancras railway station, the Transport Secretary and the Minister for the Cabinet Office underlined the government’s commitment to supporting former service personnel and recognised their service to the country.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:
Every part of society should honour the debt we owe those who’ve served our country. I’m proud that the Department for Transport, together with other government colleagues and the rail industry, is doing its bit.
This railcard will help open up opportunities to veterans, whether through employment and retraining, or by strengthening links with friends and family. I believe that enabling former service personnel to travel more easily is the least we can do.
The money-saving announcement, delivering on a manifesto commitment, forms part of the government’s veterans strategy.
More details on the card can be found here: UK Veterans Railcards – All The Gen Veterans Railcard: What is the cost, who is eligible, what date is it released?