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Free travel extended for veterans

Veterans and their families will receive free public transport on Remembrance Day to recognise the Centenary of Armistice next month. Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said free travel would be available to eligible passengers on the 11 November each year, as it is on ANZAC Day. “Every year, veterans and their families attending ANZAC Day events travel on public transport for free, but that policy did not cover Remembrance Day,” Mr Bailey said. “This inconsistency was recently pointed out to me, so this week I asked my department to change their policy.” Mr Bailey made the announcement while attending the unveiling of a commemorative ‘Troop Train’ at Roma Street Station. Assistant Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Jen Howard said the ‘Troop Train’ featured a specially designed wrap featuring the distinctive lone soldier and red poppy, symbolising the lives lost on the Western Front during The First World War. “The ‘Troop Train’ will travel on the Queensland Rail network in the lead up to Remembrance Day to remind people of the sacrifice our servicemen and women have made, and continue to make each day,” Ms Howard said. “The idea for the ‘Troop Train’ came from the Redlands RSL Sub Branch to mark the Centenary of Armistice, so I congratulate them for creating such a wonderful tribute.”

Remembrance Day Free Travel Facts:

Uniformed serving Australian Defence Force personnel and veterans wearing their service medals will enjoy free public transport access to and from services on TransLink bus, train, ferry and tram services (except the Airtrain). Accompanying family members wearing service medals also travel free. For more information on public transport, visit the TransLink website or phone 13 12 30, anytime.

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