Veterans’ charity Erskine has welcomed the announcement by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps that military veterans of every generation will soon benefit from cut-price travel with a Veterans Railcard.
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. The card will allow an estimated 830,000 veterans not eligible for existing railcards to get a discount off fares and will be on sale at an introductory price of £21 until 31 March 2021.
Captain Sir Tom Moore was the first recipient of the card which pays tribute to the Royal Navy, RAF and Army, using the colours featured on the veterans’ flag.
Erskine Chief Executive Ian Cumming welcomed the new rail card saying: “This is great news! People who served in the Armed Forces, understandably, had roving lifestyles. As Veterans, they may have settled a long way from their hometowns and families. They will have old comrades and colleagues across the country. Erskine draws upon a network of donors and supporters, to help Veterans to live well within their communities. With a Veterans Railcard our beneficiaries can now draw upon our network and the rail network too!”
More info on the new railcard can be found here: https://www.veterans-railcard.co.uk/
You can support Erskine here: https://www.erskine.org.uk/support-our-work/donate/