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Transport for London (TfL) and Network Rail have teamed up to decorate London’s transport network in poppies in support of London Poppy Day on Thursday 7 November, part of the national Poppy Appeal, which aims to raise more than £1 million in a single day for the whole Armed Forces family.
Passengers will notice poppies across the transport network with a Metropolitan line train, a Circle line train and ten London buses wrapped in a special poppy design. There will also be two 3D poppy bus shelters designed by Clear Channel outside the Royal Albert Hall and South Kensington Tube station. Network Rail will also be displaying a giant poppy on the roof funnel of the western concourse at King’s Cross station.
As a mark of respect for the sacrifices made by London's Service men and women, past and present, poppies will also be displayed on all Tube trains, DLR trains, Trams and Overground trains. A selected number of Network Rail cars and vans in the London region will also feature poppies on the front of the vehicle. A Poppy Day exhibition will also be taking place at London Bridge, Victoria and Paddington stations, along with performances at several Network Rail managed stations across the country by bands and choirs. There will also be a number of buskers at Leicester Square, Waterloo, Angel, Green Park, Piccadilly Circus, Bank / Monument and Euston raising funds directly for London Poppy Day.
Transport Commissioner, Sir Peter Hendy CBE said: "We're really proud to be supporting London Poppy Day again as our London Transport Old Comrades celebrate their 90th year. Some of them will be coming out of retirement to make announcements at some central London stations to encourage people to donate to the Appeal.
"People who live and work in London will start to see our specially wrapped trains and buses displaying the red poppy as the nation remembers those who made sacrifices. People will also see my own Routemaster which I’ve donated for the day, transporting fundraisers around the capital."
Robin Gisby, Managing Director, Network Operations, Network Rail said: "It is once again an honour for Network Rail to be supporting the Poppy Appeal. This year we've ramped up our fundraising efforts, with planned activities around the London and regional UK Poppy Days at our biggest and busiest stations. Working closely with our transport operating partners, our aim is to help The Royal British Legion reach its national fundraising target of £37m."
The Royal British Legion's Director of Fundraising Charles Byrne said: "We’re very grateful to both TfL and Network Rail for their fantastic support on London Poppy Day, and City Poppy Days across the UK. The poppy symbol embodies the bravery and honour of our Armed Forces, and importantly, encourages people to remember their sacrifices. The sight of poppies across the transport network will make a real impact on commuters, and help raise awareness for the Poppy Appeal."
On London Poppy Day, 7 November, London Transport Old Comrades, retired service men and women, will be making announcements at up to five stations encouraging passengers to give generously. There will also be more than 2,000 volunteers collecting at 70 Tube and mainline rail stations on the day. Announcements will also be made at all stations with volunteers to encourage donations. Since November 2008 war veterans have been able to travel on the Tube, DLR, Overground, London's buses and trams for free with a Veterans Oyster photocard as part of the Mayor's Veterans concessionary travel scheme.
More than 5,710 Veterans Oyster photocards have been issued. This scheme is particularly beneficial to veterans who live in London and are not yet eligible for a 60+ London Oyster photocard or a Freedom Pass.
This year marks the 90th year of the London Transport Old Comrades Association who will continue the tradition of marching alongside the Armed Forces and laying a wreath at the Cenotaph in the Annual Remembrance Sunday parade on 10 November.
This year there will be a free taxi service to transport Veterans from Westminster Bridge to various Veteran’s clubs around London after their Remembrance Sunday march.
On Sunday 27 October, Network Rail also held a service to unveil the redesigned and reinstated King's Cross war memorial following the completion of the £550m redevelopment of the station.
TfL secured sponsorship from a number of its suppliers to display poppies across its network. The suppliers are Bombardier Transportation, Skanska, Hexis, McKenzie Clark, IBL, DLR & Serco, LOROL, First Group, Stagecoach, Metroline, Abellio, Tower Transit, Go Ahead, Arriva, Clear Channel and Taylor Woodrow/ BAM Nuttal.
Notes to Editors:
Network Rail Network Rail is the not for dividend owner and operator of Britain's railway infrastructure, which includes the tracks, signals, tunnels, bridges, viaducts, level crossings and stations - the largest of which we also manage. We aim to provide a safe, reliable and efficient rail infrastructure for freight and passenger trains to use. www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk Twitter: @networkrailPR
For more information about London Poppy Day, visit www.britishlegion.org.uk/londonpoppyday
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