A WORCESTER charity has welcomed a Government move for cheaper rail travel for veterans.

Stepway, based in Worcester, offers a civilian skills programme and drop-in facility that aims to bridge the gap, particularly those veterans who are struggling with adapting to civvy street.

Stepway founder Dawn Turner said: “We are really excited about the Government's new plans to make life easier for our veterans. We have already seen the positive changes here in Worcester. Lots of our guys are feeling really excited about these new initiatives for them.

“Many veterans struggle with social isolation, these railcards mean they can afford to stay connected to friends, family and services. We have high expectations and are looking forward to what’s coming next to help veterans socially, emotionally and economically.”

The new railcard for military veterans will be launched in November, the Department for Transport has announced.

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The railcard will extend cheaper train travel to more than 830,000 veterans who do not qualify for existing discounts.

Holders will be able to save a third off most train tickets, although certain restrictions will apply. The card will be available to buy from November 11 - Armistice Day - and will cost £21 for an introductory period, before the price is increased to £30.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Every part of society should honour the debt we owe those who’ve served our country. I believe that enabling former service personnel to travel more easily is the least we can do.”

The new railcard is part of the Government’s veterans strategy, which aims to provide support in areas such as relationships, employment, health, finance and housing for people who have served in the military.