Armed Forces personnel and veterans travel free on South Western Railway for Remembrance Sunday

Monday 06th November 2023
Tray of Poppy Fund poppies
  • Service personnel and veterans will be eligible for free travel on South Western Railway services to attend Remembrance Sunday events
  • The offer is available to anyone who is travelling in uniform or able to show an appropriate form of identification
  • Remembrance events are important to South Western Railway with many of its colleagues former members of the Armed Forces
  • Free travel was also available for volunteers attending London Poppy Day events on Thursday 2 November

SOUTH Western Railway (SWR) is once again offering free travel on all its services to serving military personnel and veterans attending local Remembrance Sunday events on Sunday 12 November.

The 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.

Serving personnel and veterans travelling to the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in London on Sunday 12 will also be able to travel on any London-bound SWR service for free on the day before the service, returning from London on the Sunday.

Customers should note that there will be engineering works taking place at various locations on the SWR network in South West London, Surrey, and Hampshire on Sunday 12 November. Customers planning to travel on Sunday should check journey planners carefully before travelling. Other operators will also be affected, so journeys should be checked using National Rail Enquiries here.

Volunteers collecting for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal were able to travel free to London Poppy Day events last Thursday, 2 November. Armed Forces personnel, veterans and volunteers were collecting in London Waterloo station, where customers were treated to rousing musical performances by military bands.

A Pipe and Drum band in kilts playing under the clock at Waterloo Station

One of the performances, by the Wiltshire Caledonian Pipes and Drums, was organised and led by SWR’s Woking Guards Manager and veteran, George Pudney. He has been performing on London Poppy Day since 2017, with this year the first time at London Waterloo.

SWR is proud that many of its colleagues, including guards and drivers, are former members of the Armed Forces. Supporting the Poppy Appeal and Remembrance Day is a way of paying tribute to them, as well as to all current and previous generations of service personnel.

Peter Williams, SWR’s Customer and Commercial Director, said:

“Remembrance Sunday is a time for people across the nation to pause and reflect on the sacrifice made by so many of our servicemen and women. At South Western Railway we are glad that we are once again able to recognise and honour that sacrifice by offering free travel to service personnel and veterans to attend Remembrance Sunday events. This initiative is particularly important to us as many of our colleagues come from service backgrounds.”

To make use of the free travel offer, current serving personnel must be in uniform or present a current 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.