Virgin Trains Offers Complimentary Upgrade for Forces on Armed Forces Day, Saturday 25 June 2011

By Virgin Trains, PRNE
Monday, June 13, 2011

LONDON, June 14, 2011 -

Virgin Trains will support Armed Forces Day on 25 June 2011 by
offering members of the armed forces a complimentary upgrade from
Standard to First Class, space permitting. If appropriate, one
accompanying passenger can also benefit.

The suggestion came from Virgin Trains’ Train Manager, Steve
, who is based at the company’s Liverpool depot. Steve said: “I
have a soft spot for all our men and women in the forces. I just
feel these people accept the call to put their country and its
people before themselves, and for this we should be grateful. Armed
Forces day
is a chance to say thank you.”

Train Managers will make an onboard announcement, subject to
seats being available in First Class. To claim the upgrade a valid
HM Forces Railcard must be produced.

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State for Transport announced on 19 May 2011 that the Department
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extension to the current contract to December 2012. We have been
short-listed for the new franchise that will start in December

Virgin Trains has been recognised in numerous industry awards.
In 2010 the company has been named Best Rail Operator of the Year
at the Travel Globe Awards (voted for by readers of the Daily Mail,
Mail on Sunday and Evening Standard), and Best Rail Operator in the
Group Leisure Awards (which we also won in 2009). In 2009 we were
also voted Best UK Domestic Train Service by Business Traveller
magazine for the second year running.

Virgin Trains first achieved Investors In People accreditation
in 2007and this was renewed in 2010; the IIP Gold award was
achieved in 2011. In May 2011 Virgin Trains was awarded
accreditation against the criteria of the European Foundation for
Quality Management’s (EFQM) Excellence Model.

Notes to Editors - Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day now occurs annually on the last Saturday in
June. In 2011 it will be on Saturday 25 June.

It is an opportunity to do two things. Firstly, to raise public
awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who
serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, Secondly, it
gives the nation an opportunity to Show Your Support for the men
and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently
serving troops to Service families and from veterans to cadets.

The 2011 National Event will be held in Edinburgh, but there are
many more events up and down the country being held in support of
Armed Forces Day. Virgin Trains runs direct train services from
Birmingham to Edinburgh, serving places such as Crewe, Preston and

Become a fan of Armed Forces Day on Facebook at

The Armed Forces Day logo and other resources are at

Official Armed Forces Day flags and party packs are available

More information on the MOD and Armed Forces can be found at

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For more information about Armed Forces Day 2011 contact the MOD press office on +44(0)20-7218-5903.

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