Industry marks Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day (25 June 2016) was marked by members of the bus and coach industry. Nottingham City Transport (NCT) held a number of displays, celebrations and activities at Wollaton Park for families to mark the event. NCT offered free travel to service personnel, cadets and veterans throughout the weekend from 25 June.

Stagecoach South supported Armed Forces Day with free travel for armed forces personnel carrying a military ID card and to veterans carrying a veteran’s badge or medal. It had events planned across the south region, including Brighton, Horsham, Littlehampton, Portsmouth, Guildford, Basingstoke, Winchester and Salisbury.

Several First Bus operations nationwide, including York, Manchester, Leeds, Stoke and Norwich provided free bus travel across their networks to anyone wearing uniforms of the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Marines, Royal Air Force and any associated cadet force. 20 former Gurkhas celebrated ten years of bringing military discipline to local buses at First Bus’ Colchester depot in Essex during the event.

Blackpool Transport Services gave service personnel, their spouses and children, free travel on all buses and trams during the event. Transdev supported Armed Forces Day across Lancashire and Yorkshire by offering free travel to members of the armed forces past and present. This year also saw it extend the offer to accompanying partners and children, as well as members of the cadet adult volunteers.

MD for First Essex, Alex Jones, said, ‘I think careers in transport suit ex-military personnel in particular because of the discipline and efficiency that such roles entail. We find ex-military personnel, with the attention to detail and strong work ethic bred through military training, do extremely well in a service like ours, where timing, precision and a ‘right first time’ approach is key. We’ve a large number of ex-military personnel at First Essex and across our UK operations.’

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