Free train travel to remembrance events for military personnel and veterans
Veterans and serving personnel heading from Banbury to the Cenotaph in London can travel on Saturday or Sunday
Military personnel and veterans attending services of remembrance this weekend can travel to and from the events by train for free. The offer is open to all those travelling to and from services anywhere in the country on Remembrance Sunday.
Veterans and serving personnel heading from Banbury to the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph in London can travel to any London terminal for free on both Saturday and Sunday. They will be able to return home for free afterwards as well.
The Rail Delivery Group, 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.
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.”
Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam