PENDLE MP Andrew Stephenson has welcomed a new railcard giving military veterans discounted fares off most train journeys.

Th travel pass, to be introduced on Armistice Day on November 11, will see over 830,000 ex-service personnel receive a third off most train fares for the first time.

Currently only serving military personnel receive a discounted fare with veterans having to wait until 60 to quality for the senior railcard.

Foreign Office minister Mr Stephenson said; “I am delighted by the introduction of the Veteran’s Railcard – as pledged in the Conservative manifesto.

"It will help East Lancashire’s younger veterans, who clearly deserve as much support as possible from the country they have served so bravely and selflessly.

“This does need to be matched by improved rail services."

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “This railcard will help open up opportunities to veterans, whether through employment and retraining, or by strengthening links with friends and family.

"I believe that enabling former service personnel to travel more easily is the least we can do.”