Stagecoach have announced that they will offer free bus and tram travel to all military, veterans, and army cadets in uniform on Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday.
The free travel will be valid across Highland Perthshire on the 11th and 13th of November which will allow for military, army veterans and army cadets in uniform to travel free of charge to a remembrance service of their choosing.
Operations Manager in Preston & Chorley and co-lead for the Stagecoach Veterans Network, Simon Tramalloni, who previously served for the Armed Forces in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Africa and the Middle East, said: “After the idea came about last year, I am so proud that we are now able to offer this to military cadets and celebrate a second year of offering free travel to military and ex-military personnel.
“Stagecoach has a strong commitment to supporting the armed forces and our veterans, and we have thousands of ex forces personnel working across our business. The Veterans Network is allowing us to build on the work that Stagecoach has led over many years to identify how else we can support those veterans already working for us and those that may want to come and join the company.
“Remembrance Day and the Poppy Appeal are causes close to the hearts of many of our employees and customers and we are very pleased to be making this commitment that will hopefully help people to attend memorials across the UK.”
The scheme, which was brought in last year, comes on the back of the launch of Stagecoach’s employee-led Veterans Network. The Network was launched last year to allow Stagecoach colleagues to come together as one voice to raise awareness, make change, help influence business decisions and introduce new ways of working to make the company even stronger.
To commemorate Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday, drivers will respect the two-minute silence and pull over (if safe to do so) to honour it, Stagecoach will also be operating a number of poppy busses across the network, poppies will be displayed on the front of busses and some busses will have blinds with the message “we will remember them” written across them.
To learn more about what Stagecoach are doing on Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday and to learn more about the free travel, visit their website.