Support for Ukraine
Avanti West Coast, along with other train operators are working together to provide support to Ukrainian arrivals by offering free onward travel to their final destinations in Britain.
To make sure the scheme is as simple as possible the Rail Delivery Group has worked across the industry and Government so that:
- Ukrainian arrivals who have entered the UK will be able to travel for free on the national rail network by showing their Ukrainian passport and a boarding pass or ticket showing arrival into the UK
- They will have 48 hours from arrival in the UK to complete their journey; and
- The scheme applies to all train operators in Great Britain, and many bus and coach operators are also offering free onward travel to final destinations.
Phil Whittingham, Managing Director of Avanti West Coast, said: "The ongoing situation in Ukraine is heart breaking and many colleagues asked if we can support those refugees as they arrive in the UK by assisting them in some way to get to their destination. I am proud that we are part of this industry wide initiative which will give much needed help to those arriving here."
You can find the full press release here.
Alongside, Avanti West Coast joined forces with London Northwestern to provide the organisers of the Concert for Ukraine with travel facilities to and from the event at the NEC. The televised concert helped raise over £13m for the humanitarian appeal for those affected.