HM Forces Discount Railcard

The Forces Railcard is a concession provided by the Train Companies under the administration of the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC). The purchase of a Railcard entitles users to discount travel on rail journeys throughout the UK. The Railcard currently costs £15 and is valid for one year. Railcards are available from your unit HR staff and further details, including eligibility, are available at the website below:

Widows/Widowers Discount Railcard

ATOC have agreed a special concession for widows/widowers, surviving civil partners and dependent children of a deceased Service person. These individuals may retain the use of purchased Railcards for the remaining period of validity until the expiry date of the card.

Thereafter. Railcards can be obtained by war widows/widowers and their qualifying dependants, through the Royal British Legion at a cost of £15. Individuals will lose entitlement to this concession on remarriage (ie a formally recorded marriage or the registration of a civil partnership).

Applicants must however meet the eligibility criteria outlined below:

  • War Widow(er)s and dependent children in receipt of a Forces Family Pension from either the Armed Forces Pension Scheme 1975 or 2005 and a War Widows, War Widowers or Child's War Pension.
  • War Widows, War Widowers, Recognised Partners and dependent children in receipt of the Guaranteed Payment (GIP) from the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme 2005.

Further details of the War Widows Railcards concession can be obtained from:

Pensions Department (Railcards)
The Royal British Legion

Haig House
199 Borough High Street

Tel: 020 3207 2164

HM Forces National Express Coach Discount Scheme

National Express has enhanced the provision of discounted coach travel to eligible Service personnel. The New Coach Travel Discount Scheme entitles eligible Service personnel to a discount of 50% on standard fares including weekends and peak travel periods for National Express services in mainland Britain. The 50% discount is only available for online bookings via a private booking page advertised on our internal website, and you will need to show your ID to the driver with your ticket.

Also there is a 30% discount available for spouses and civil partners by the same means.