Military veterans to receive new railcard on Armistice Day

A new railcard is set to be released on 11 November 2020, offering military veterans cut-price train travel to help boost job prospects and bring them closer to family and friends.

Veteran Railcard UK

What is the UK veteran railcard?

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced a new veteran railcard to go on sale from Armistice Day 2020. The railcard will extend discounted train travel to the more than 830,000 veterans not covered by existing discounts.

The new veteran railcard will:

  • offer eligible ex-military personnel a third off their train fares
  • help boost veterans’ job prospects and strengthen family bonds through cheaper travel
  • cost £21 for a limited period, before rising to £30

On the announcement, 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.”

What is the veterans ID card and who will receive one?

The announcement of the veteran railcard follows the news that a new veterans ID card will be given to service leavers to mark their time in the armed forces.

According to the MOD, any personnel who have left the military since December 2018 will automatically be given an ID card, allowing them to maintain a tangible link to their career in the forces. All other veterans who left the armed forces before December 2018 will be able to apply for a new ID card by the end of 2020.

The new ID card allows veterans in the UK to easily verify their service to the NHS, their local authority, and charities, helping them to access support and services where needed. Veterans UK - which manages pensions and compensation payments for the armed forces - will also benefit from the change.

See also

New MOD veterans ID card rolled out to service leavers

The history of Armistice Day

Find out more

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Veterans’ Gateway

Defence Discount Service

Publication date: 22 January 2020