Free travel on East Midlands Trains for war veterans

The Stagecoach Group, which manages East Midlands Trains and a number of bus services in Lincolnshire, is offering free travel for war veterans this week.

As part of its plan to support the Royal British Legion’s 2013 Poppy Appeal, Stagecoach has a number of ways of honouring and remembering those who died in the line of duty.

On East Midlands Trains, any veterans trying to reach London for Poppy Day on November 7 can travel on any service between November 6 and 8 for free.

Rail employees who have served in the Armed Forces are also invited to wear their own military decorations while at work on Thursday.

Additionally, military personnel will also be carrying out collections at selected stations served by East Midlands Trains.

On the buses, Stagecoach made a large donation to make sure its 23,000 staff who chose to have one could wear a poppy.

They also used bus advertising space to promote local poppy appeals, and Stagecoach bus drivers have been asked to observe the two minutes silence, if safe to do so, on Sunday November 10, and Monday November 11 at 11am.

Stagecoach Group Chief Executive Martin Griffiths said: “We’re pleased to be able to support such a worthy cause in this way.

“Some of our staff have served in the Armed Forces and many have Service personnel among their family and friends.

“We want to play our part in remembering those who were lost in action and pay tribute to the sacrifices that were made, and continue to be made, by our Servicemen and women around the world.”