Government launches Veterans’ Railcard

Government launches Veterans Railcard

Government launches Veterans’ Railcard

The Department of Transport has presented Captain Sir Tom Moore with the very newly launched Veterans’ Railcard.

As of Thursday 5 November, card-carrying former servicemen and women can expect to receive up to a third off fares.

Announced by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, the new scheme means military veterans of every generation will soon benefit from cut-price rail travel, and will provide opportunities to re-enter work and connect with loved ones.

Companions will also receive discounted travel.

The design of 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 access discounted travel.

At his home in Bedfordshire Captain Tom Moore, who served in World War II and won the nation’s hearts with his incredible fundraising efforts during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, was presented with the very first card.

He said:

“This is a wonderful occasion to accept the first Veterans rail card.

“It is a rare opportunity to show thanks and gratitude to Veterans and this rail card is a necessary recognition and investment in Veterans, giving them the ability to re-connect and combat loneliness, something that we promote and support at The Captain Tom Foundation.”

Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary, added:

“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.

“Delivering this Manifesto promise will improve lives for veterans and their families across the United Kingdom.

“I am also delighted to present Sir Captain Tom Moore with the very first railcard.

“Through his service and his inspirational fundraising, he has shown the selflessness and indomitable spirit of all those who have served.”

The Railcard will be available for an introductory price of £21 for a 1-year Railcard or £61 for a 3-year Railcard, until 31st March 2021.

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