Jamie welcomes military veterans railcard

Travel help for military veterans given warm welcome by MSP

News that military veterans will qualify for cut-price rail travel has been warmly welcomed by Highlands and Islands MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston.

The announcement, made by UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, will extend discounted train travel to the more than 830,000 veterans not covered by existing discounts. The new railcard will become available on Armistice Day.

Mr Halcro Johnston said: “The Highlands and Island has a proud and continuing tradition of contributing to the UK Armed Forces and we have a significant number of people living here who have served.

“However, as we know, travel costs can be very high. So I am pleased that the UK Government is acting to make it more affordable for veterans to use the rail service to maintain contact with friends and families, and to pursue other opportunities.

“The newly established Office for Veteran Affairs, set up by the UK Government, is looking at a wide range of initiatives to support former service personnel, and I am confident that we will see other measures coming forward in due course. These should cover areas such as community and relationships, employment and skills, health and well-being, finance and debt, housing, and contact with the law.

“All of these measures will help us, as a country, fulfil our obligations as part of the armed forces covenant.”