SEVERAL transport organisations in Gwent are offering free travel to veterans and serving members of the armed forces on November 11 and November 14.

Both Stagecoach and Newport Bus will give free rides to any currently serving member of the armed forces and any veterans on Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday.

This is a service that is offered annually and Stagecoach have committed to continuing to offer this ever year for the foreseeable future.

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Simon Tramalloni is co-lead for the Stagecoach Veterans Network, having himself previously served in the armed forces in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Africa and the Middle East. 

He said: "Stagecoach has a strong commitment to supporting the armed forces and our veterans, and it’s great that we are able to offer free bus and tram travel across the whole country as we mark Remembrance Day.

"We have thousands of ex forces personnel working across our business and having the new Veterans Network is allowing us to build on the work that Stagecoach has led over many years and identify how else we can support those veterans already working for us and those that may want to come and join the company."

Stagecoach is also a member of the Armed Force Covenant since March 2015, which is an organisation that ensures that people in the armed forces community have the same access to services as regular people.

Both Newport Bus staff and Stagecoach staff will be observing the two minute silence at 11am on Armistice Day.