Military veterans to be offered 'hefty discount' with new railcard

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

A new railcard that offers cheaper train travel for those who have served in the Armed Forces is to be launched this year.

The Department for Transport announced the plans, saying the card will extend a “hefty discount” to more than 830,000 veterans who do not qualify for existing reductions.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the Conservative Party believed that those who had served their country “ought to be honoured in all sorts of different ways”.

He told talkRADIO he was “pitching in” by providing the railcard because the UK “could and should be doing a lot more” to support veterans.

“If you have literally been prepared to put your life on the line – I think that’s what makes being in the military different from anything else – then there is a notion of gratitude that the country should be paying,” he told Julia Hartley-Brewer.

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.

Holders will be able to save a third off most train tickets, although certain restrictions will apply.

The move is part of the government’s “veterans strategy”, which aims to provide support in areas such as relationships, employment, health, finance and housing for people who have served in the military.

As well as the railcard, the Conservative manifesto promised to offer “wraparound” childcare for Forces families and to guarantee veterans with a job interview for any public sector role they apply for.

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