Military veterans across Bolton North East will soon benefit from cut-price rail travel, thanks to a new Government initiative.
The news came as Transport Secretary Grant Shapps today presented Captain Sir Tom Moore, who served in World War II and won the nation’s heart with his incredible fundraising efforts, with the very first Veterans’ Railcard.
Aimed at supporting veterans after their service, the card will provide up to a third off all peak and off-peak fares, as well as discounted travel for adult companions and children. It also forms part of the Government’s commitment to make the country the best place to be a veteran.
Welcoming the new railcard, Mark Logan the MP for Bolton North East said:
“It is excellent news that our veterans in Bolton North East will benefit from cheaper rail travel. This is just one way we can show our gratitude to veterans and help combat loneliness. The rail card makes travel more accessible whilst keeping us connected to friends and family.”
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 get up to a third off rail travel from 5 November 2020. It will be on sale at an introductory price of £21 until 31 March 2021.
Grant Shapps, UK Transport Secretary, said:
“We have an eternal debt of honour to those who have served our country, and this railcard is part of marking our gratitude.
“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.”
Funded by the UK Government, the new Veterans’ Railcard will help open up opportunities for former service personnel, helping veterans with employment and retraining as well as strengthening links to friends and family.