About the scheme
The Rail to Refuge Scheme is where train companies provide free tickets for women, men and children travelling to refuge services.
The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) worked with Women’s Aid in early 2020 to create this scheme for those using Women’s Aid services and following this, the ManKind Initiative successfully persuaded the RDG to ensure this also applied to all men with children who needed to travel to refuge services, which the charity then coordinated free of charge.
On 23 November 2020, the RDG announced they would be extending this scheme and that tickets would be available through Women’s Aid in England, Wales and Scotland; Imkaan, which specifically helps black, Asian and minority ethnic women; and Respect, which runs the Men’s Advice Line.
This is a very good scheme and certainly supports all victims of domestic abuse to escape to a safe place.
If you require free rail train travel for men to travel to your refuge, please call the Respect charity who run Men’s Advice Line: https://mensadviceline.org.uk/