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Highland MSP Maree Todd MSP welcomes new rail card giving Scottish armed forces veterans discount travel


By Gregor White

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A new discount card will give veterans a 34 per cent discount on rail travel.

The veterans rail card introduced for purchase this week is initially priced at £21 per year and allows holders to travel across the country at reduced fares.

To encourage uptake, the Scottish Government is also funding a further discount scheme whereby anyone resident in Scotland registering for the card between now and March 31 neext year will be eligible for a £6 rail voucher, making the initial cost just £15.

Highlands and Islands MSP Maree Todd 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."

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