Military personnel and veterans attending services of remembrance this month can travel to and from the events by train for free.
The offer will benefit people travelling to and from services anywhere in Britain on Remembrance Sunday, 12 November. Veterans and serving personnel attending the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph can travel to any London terminal for free on Saturday 11 November or on the day – and be able to return home for free afterwards.
Rail Delivery Group (RDG), which represents train companies, said the offer is open to serving military personnel in uniform or who show a current Ministry of Defence-issued identity card. Veterans can show a Veterans Railcard, a Veterans Oyster card or other proof of service – such as a Ministry of Defence-issued Veterans ID card.
RDG Chief Executive Jacqueline Starr said: “Many of our great railway stations have memorials to the thousands of rail workers who gave their lives in the two world wars of the last century. During this period of reflection and remembrance, the rail industry is proud to help the service personnel of today – and those that have fought in more recent conflicts – travel to ceremonies up and down Britain as the nation gathers to remember those who have died serving our country.”
Transport Secretary Mark Harper said: “Remembrance Sunday is an important day of reflection across the country, honouring all of those who served our country with bravery and endeavour. It’s right that our veterans and serving military personnel will have free rail travel to and from remembrance services across Great Britain.
“We remember the past sacrifices but also think of - and thank - those who continue to defend our freedoms and protect our way of life.”
Andy Taylor-Whyte, Poppy Appeal Director for the RBL, said: "We are delighted that train companies recognise the significance of Remembrance and the RBL is extremely grateful for the offer of free transport for veterans and service personnel. It will allow the men and women of our armed forces community to mark this occasion without worrying about additional cost.
Veterans or serving personnel taking part in other remembrance-related events earlier in November may also be able to travel for free and should contact the train company they plan to use.