Veterans railcard for cheaper fares to launch on Armistice Day 2020

A new railcard that will allow military veterans to get cut-price train travel will be available from Armistice Day 2020.

The new, government issued railcard will be available to veterans from 11 November with the aim to help boost job prospects and bring them closer to friends and family.


More than 830,000 veterans will be eligible for a third off their train fares with the card. This could help veterans and their families save hundreds of pounds a year.

The railcard will be available for veterans to purchase, extending cut fare train travel not covered by existing discounts.


The money-saving announcement delivers on a manifesto commitment and is part of the government’s new UK-wide veterans strategy to support former servicemen and servicewomen throughout the country.

The action plan, which is also being launched today, outlines what the government is doing to deliver more to veterans.

It sets out holistic support for people who served in different areas including community and relationships, employment and skills, health and wellbeing, and finance and debt.

The strategy will be co-ordinated by the recently established Office for Veterans Affairs.

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