SWR announces free travel for forces personnel and veterans on Remembrance Sunday

Friday 04th November 2022

Tray of Poppy Fund poppies

  • Service personnel and veterans will be eligible for free travel on SWR services to Remembrance Sunday events
  • The offer is available to anyone who is travelling in uniform or able to show an appropriate form of identification
  • Many SWR colleagues are former members of the armed services so supporting Remembrance events is important to the company

Serving military personnel and veterans attending local Remembrance Sunday events on Sunday 13 November can, once again, travel for free on all South Western Railway (SWR) services. 

Serving personnel travelling to the Submariners’ Remembrance Service on Sunday 6 November or the main national commemoration at the Cenotaph in London on Sunday 13 will additionally be able to travel on any London bound SWR service for free on the day before the service, returning from London on the Sunday.
Please note that there will be limited SWR services on Saturday 5 November due to industrial action and customers should check before travelling at https://www.southwesternrailway.com/plan-my-journey 

This offer, which is funded by the Department for Transport, is available to anyone who is travelling in uniform or able to show an appropriate form of identification.

This is our way of paying tribute to both current and previous generations of servicemen and women as many of our colleagues, including guards and drivers, are former members of the armed services. Our commitment to supporting Remembrance events demonstrates their significance for us.

Peter Williams, Commercial Director for South Western Railway, said:

“South Western Railway is glad that we are once again able to offer free travel to service personnel and veterans to attend Remembrance Sunday events. By making it easier for people to attend these events, we can help to honour the sacrifice made by so many of our servicemen and women. This initiative is particularly important to us as many of our SWR colleagues come from a service background”

Further information:

To make use of the free travel offer, current serving personnel must be in uniform or present a current MOD90 Ministry of Defence-issued ID card.
Veterans should present one of the following forms of ID:

  • Veterans Railcard
  • Veterans Oyster Card
  • Ministry of Defence issued Veterans ID card
  • Any other form of identification showing the customer is a veteran (e.g. proof of pension)

Please note, this offer does not apply to companions/spouses or dependents.