08 Nov 2021
Remembrance Day and the Poppy Appeal are causes close to the hearts of many of our employees and customers and we're very pleased to be making this offer that will hopefully help people to attend memorials across the UK.
This year we've made the following commitments in support of the armed forces:
We've been a long-time supporter of the Poppy Appeal, and in addition to free travel on 11th and 14th November, we'll also be displaying poppies on the front of our buses. Our employees across the business will also be asked to honour the two minutes’ silence.
We've also been a member of the Armed Force Covenant since March 2015, recognising the value of serving personnel, regular and reservists, veterans and military families to both the country and businesses across the country.
With Remembrance services planned at memorials across UK, it's hoped that people wishing to pay their respects will take up the offer to travel for free to the service of their choice.
Our committment allows us to unite and offer the same great experience to all military and ex-military customers and will continue each year on 11th November and the following Sunday* as well as Armed Forces Weekend.
Simon Tramalloni, Operations Manager in Preston & Chorley is co-lead for the Stagecoach Veterans Network. He previously served in the Armed Forces serving in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Africa and the Middle East. He said:
“Stagecoach has a strong commitment to supporting the armed forces and our veterans, and it’s great that we are able to offer free bus and tram travel across the whole country as we mark Remembrance Day. We have thousands of ex forces personnel working across our business and having the new Veterans Network is allowing us to build on the work that Stagecoach has led over many years and identify how else we can support those veterans already working for us and those that may want to come and join the company."
*The day of Remembrance if the 11th doesn’t fall on a Sunday
Free travel will be available on all Stagecoach operated bus and tram services.