News Archive

Welcome to the news archive section of the British Transport Pensioners’ Federation.

Archived items remain on this page generally until one year old.
HERE is the current News page.

FIP coupons and the International Reduced Rate Card after Brexit

Rail Staff Travel is a member of FIP, an association within the UIC (International Union of Railways). This membership of FIP enables RST to issue FIP facilities (FIP coupons and the International Reduced Rate Card) on a reciprocal basis with the other FIP association members.
The RST membership of FIP is entirely unconnected to the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union. The FIP facilities currently enjoyed by active and retired staff, partners and dependants will continue after Brexit when the United Kingdom is no longer a member state of the European Union.

International Coupons – Online Applications Accepted with 14 days’ notice

The trial of accepting applications for International Coupons submitted electronically using the online forms on the website with 14 days’ notice has been successful.
Applications for International Coupons using the online forms on this website are now accepted with 14 days’ notice.
Applications for International Coupons using forms delivered to RST by post or e-mail still have a 21 day notice period requirement.

From the Rail Delivery Group –  18th September 2018


NPC 10-Minute Briefing – December 2018

This archived briefing can be seen HERE.

From the NPC


RST Forms

All of our forms have recently been updated. Please always use the latest forms from the link on this page.

From the NPC-  30th July 2018


TOC Privilege Card Renewal

The TOC Privilege Card has recently been renewed. All renewed cards will be despatched to Employees on 19th June.

If you are missing a TOC Privilege Card that you were expecting when your families’ cards have arrived, this is likely to be due to an outstanding Declaration for your child. Please therefore complete this using the form that you will find on the Forms page.

From the Rail Delivery Group –  18th June 2018


Heathrow Connect

You can now use your rail staff travel facilities (Staff Travel Card, TOC Privilege Card, Status Pass, TfL Privilege Oyster and Oyster Status Pass) on the whole of the former Heathrow Connect route between Paddington and Heathrow, since from 20th May has been operated by TfL Rail.
There is no change to the usage of Heathrow Express.

From the Rail Delivery Group –  4th June 2018


2 Additional Leisure Railways

Rail Staff Travel are pleased to announce that agreement has been reached with Helston Railway and Avon Valley Railway that all rail staff travel facilities holoders of a Staff Travel Card or a TOC Privilege Card can enjoy a 75% discount on all standard class, single and return, adult and child fares throughout the year. Additional details are in the documents:
Helston Railway
Avon Valley Railway

From the Rail Delivery Group –  23rd May 2018


BTPF Memorial Anniversary service

22nd May 2018

On the 22nd May the BTPF held an anniversary service of the dedication of the Rail Industry Memorial within the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas.

Just as we had a warm dry and sunny day when the Memorial was dedicated we enjoyed the same weather this year but we did have more seats to relax on. The service was attended by nearly 30 people including Liam Johnston the Executive Director of the Railway Mission who kindly took the photographs.

The moving service was led by Ralph Coleman, a Railway Chaplain, once again and our Chairman, John Harrison read a poem that was first used at the original dedication. Les McDowell, Vice President spoke” To the Fallen” followed by a minutes silence. John Harrison and Les McDowell then placed a wreath of white flowers at the Memorial in memory of all our Railway colleagues over the years.

During the service several members of the public stopped and listened and the National Arboretum Memorial’s road train also stopped until the service was finished.

All photographs courtesy of the Railway Mission.

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Summer Travel Restrictions 2018

The latest Summer Travel Restrictions booklet (valid from 20 May 2018) is now available on our Where Can I Go and Restrictions page.

From the Rail Delivery Group –  10th May 2018