West Midlands Railway is playing its part in the upcoming Remembrance Day commemorations by offering free or discounted travel to poppy collectors, armed forces personnel and veterans.

With hundreds of volunteers expected to line the streets of the city centre on its designated Poppy Day (05/11). The rail operator is providing a free return journey to all authorised collectors taking part in the event.

Meanwhile, veterans and members of the armed forces planning to attend the Cenotaph memorial service in London on Sunday 10 November are being offered free travel to and from the capital when wearing military uniform or on production of a Ministry of Defence ID card.

Armed forces personnel and veterans who are members of the Defence Discount Scheme can also benefit from 20% off Advance rail tickets over the Remembrance period – and all year round.

Andy Camp, commercial director at West Midlands Railway, said:

“Our armed forces past and present are rightly hailed as inspirational individuals who have done so much for our country down the ages and continue to do so today.

“Through offering free or discounted travel for collectors attending Poppy Day in Birmingham and veterans attending memorial services by train, we are able to say ‘thank you’ in our own small way.”

For more information on Poppy Day in the city, click here.

For more on the Defence Discount Service scheme, click here.