The Rail Delivery Group has announced that – in partnership with Women’s Aid – the vital Rail to Refuge initiative will be extended.
Rail to Refuge is a collaboration between Women’s Aid and rail companies throughout England, Scotland and Wales that allows those fleeing abuse to travel on trains freely.
This past year alone, train operators have provided free tickets to 1,348 people, including 362 children over five, which is the equivalent of over 4 survivors travelling to safety each day. These statistics highlight the crucial importance of schemes such as Rail to Refuge in helping those suffering from abuse escape their situation.
Commenting on the matter, Luke said:
“Domestic abuse has increased during lockdown and the Rail to Refuge scheme is a good way of ensuring those escaping domestic abuse can do so without worries about travel costs.
“There are also schemes out there that provide support for those with pets so that animals can be cared for when someone flees an abusive situation.
“No one should face domestic abuse and help is available. Thank you to the rail companies for extending this scheme which will save lives.”