Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, has today welcomed the news that the new Veterans Railcard will be available from Armistice Day 2020 for those who have served in the armed forces.
From the 11th November, over 830 000 eligible veterans across the country and in the Gosport Constituency will have a third off their rail travel. The aim of the card is to not only recognise the service of forces personnel, but to ensure that they can visit their loved ones, travel and get better access to employment opportunities across the country.
Minister for Defence People and Veterans Johnny Mercer said:
“Discounted train travel is a fantastic way to recognise those who have served this country, and the speed at which plans have been worked up shows how seriously we are taking our commitments to make the UK the best country in the world to be a veteran.
“The railcard is only the start though, and I’m clear we need to do more to look after the people who so selflessly put their lives on the line to look after us.
“Now the action plan has been published, I look forward to continuing to drive forward this issue across government and the services we offer.”
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:
“Every part of society should honour the debt we owe those who’ve served our country. I’m proud that the Department for Transport, together with other government colleagues and the rail industry, is doing its bit.
“This railcard will help open up opportunities to veterans, whether through employment and retraining, or by strengthening links with friends and family. I believe that enabling former service personnel to travel more easily is the least we can do.”
Caroline today commented:
“The Gosport area has one of the highest numbers of veterans in the country, a testament to our proud past and present military community. We need to ensure that their service and dedication to our country is not only recognised, but rewarded at home.
“While Gosport itself does not have its own rail station, I look forward to seeing the benefits and opportunities that cheaper train travel from Fareham and Portsmouth will bring for some of the most inspiring members of our community.
“This railcard discount is just part of the Governments plans to deliver more for our veterans and I look forward to seeing further upcoming announcements.”