MILITARY veterans in Redditch are set to benefit from cut price train travel following the launch of the UK’s first railcard for former servicemen and women.
Available from Armistice Day, the railcard will extend discounted train travel to more than 830,000 veterans who are not covered by existing discounts.
It’s hoped the new railcard will help boost veterans’ job prospects and strengthen family bonds through cheaper travel.
The discounted rail travel is part of the Government’s new strategy to support former servicemen and women and will be co-ordinated by the newly created Office for Veterans’ Affairs.
Welcoming the new railcard, Redditch MP Rachel Maclean, said: “Discounted rail travel is the least we can do to support our veterans who have served this country with distinction and bravery.
“I know here in Redditch how proud we are of the 37 Signal Regiment.
“This is only the beginning of work the Office for Veterans Affairs is doing to look after the people who so selflessly put their lives on the line to look after us.”