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New rail card for veterans is just the ticket, says MSP

By Oban TimesUpdated: 14/10/20, 4:20 pm

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Maree Todd MSP has welcomed a new rail card that will allow Scottish veterans to claim a 34 per cent discount on travel. The veterans rail card being introduced for purchase from today, initially priced at GBP21 per year, allows holders to travel across the country at reduced fares. It is open to those who have served in Her Majesty's Armed Forces (regular or reserve) or Merchant Mariners and have seen duty on legally defined military operations.

To encourage uptake, the SNP Government is also funding a further discount scheme whereby anyone resident in Scotland registering between now and March 31 will be eligible for a GBP6 rail voucher making the initial cost just GBP15. Ms Todd, who represents the Highlands and Islands, said: 'Veterans are an asset to communities across the Highlands and Islands and deserve the best possible care and support. 'It is important that we recognise the contribution veterans have made in Scotland and this new railcard will help open up opportunities for those who have served in our armed forces - strengthening employment opportunities and travel links with family and friends.

'The further discount scheme is part of the SNP Government's ambition to make Scotland the destination of choice for service leavers and their families.'

To apply, please visit https://www.railcard.co.uk/

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