A bus operator is to offer free travel to the region's serving military and veterans on Armed Forces Day.

Transdev has announced all journeys on the bus firm’s entire network spanning hundreds of miles across Lancashire and Greater Manchester, and in Yorkshire, will be free on Saturday, June 25, to current forces personnel, cadet volunteers and veterans from the Army, Royal Navy, and Royal Air Force.

Armed Forces Day is celebrated in June each year to commemorate the service of men and women in the military.

No train services are expected to operate on Armed Forces Day across many areas of the North due to industrial action.

Transdev is planning a normal Saturday service, so those without access to alternative means of transport will still be able to attend events all over the region.

Transdev chief executive Alex Hornby said: “As always, we are delighted to show our support for our armed forces.

“All of us at Transdev are keen to show how much we value what our service men and women do for our country.

"Offering free travel to serving military and veterans on this day is our way of making it easier for them to attend the many events taking place across the North West.”

Veterans, current members of the military and cadet adult volunteers can all take advantage of Transdev’s free travel offer on Armed Forces Day, by showing a Forces ID card or simply by wearing their uniform or displaying their medals.

Bus services are expected to be busier than usual due to the rail disruption, and Transdev is advising those taking up its free travel offer to allow extra time to make journeys and to plan ahead carefully before setting out.

To find out more details of all the services on offer, visit Transdev's website.