Military veterans of every generation will soon benefit from cut-price rail travel. Aimed at supporting veterans post-service, the newly unveiled railcard will provide up to a third off all peak and off-peak fares, as well as discounted travel for adult companions and children. It forms part of the government’s commitment to thank veterans and repay the debt owed to those who have served.
Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, presented Bedfordshire's Captain Tom Moore, who served in World War II and is known for his achievements raising money for charity in the run-up to his 100th birthday, with the very first card at his Bedfordshire home.
The card pays tribute to the Royal Navy, RAF and Army, using the colours featured on the veterans’ flag. An estimated 830,000 veterans, who are not eligible for existing railcards, will now be able to get up to a third off rail travel from 5 November 2020.
Richard said: "We have an eternal debt of honour to those who have served our country and this railcard is part of marking our gratitude. For veterans looking to re-enter the world of work and connect with friends and family, it will cut the cost of travel to open up new opportunities."
The new card will be on sale at an introductory price of £21 until 31 March 2021. For eligibility and to purchase a Veterans Railcard, please visit here.