South Western Railway offers free travel for armed forces on Remembrance Day

South Western Railway offers free travel for armed forces on Remembrance Day

Tuesday 30th October 2018
  • Free travel will be available for members of the armed forces on Sunday 11th November
  • Free travel also available for volunteers / collectors on City Poppy Day Appeal event (Royal British Legion issued identity card required)

  • This November marks 100 years since the end of the First World War
  • 186,475 railway workers served under arms between 1914 - 1918
  • Nearly 19,000 railway workers lost their lives during the conflict

South Western Railway is proud to honour the armed forces community by offering free travel for serving troops, veterans and cadets on Sunday 11th November.

Armed forces personnel will be able to travel on any South Western Railway service for free, allowing travel to local Remembrance Day events and the Cenotaph in London for the main national commemoration.

They just need to be in uniform or able to show an identification card with their branch of the military stated (British Army, Royal Air Force or Royal Navy). The offer is also open to members of the cadet forces in uniform and veterans who display valid identification, such as the MOD issued Veteran's Badge.

Supporting Remembrance Sunday is of huge importance to South Western Railway as many of its staff, including guards, signallers and drivers, are ex-members of the armed forces.

"There but not there", artwork consisting of a line drawing of a WWI British "Tommy" soldier, at Southampton Central
"There but not there" at Southampton Central station

Alan Penlington, Customer Experience Director for South Western Railway, said:

“Remembrance Day is a solemn occasion where we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice to help keep us safe. This year will be especially poignant as we reflect on the centenary of the end of the First World War.

“We support the Royal British Legion as a significant number of our team come from a service background and are pleased to honour the armed forces with this offer of free travel. We want to make it as easy as possible for people to attend local, regional and national events on this important day.”

The Royal British Legion’s Head of Remembrance, Catherine Davies, said:

“As we mark the end of the First World War centenary in this historic year, we are calling on the nation to say ‘Thank You’ to the First World War generation, not only the British Armed Forces, but those who fought alongside them from today’s Commonwealth, the countless men, women and children who played their part of the home front and the pioneers and artists who have left long lasting legacies.

“The Royal British Legion is grateful to South Western Railway for giving Armed Forces personnel free travel on 11 November and helping them to pay their own respects to the First World War generation and others who have given so much to enable us to enjoy the freedoms we have today.”