Travel remains free for OAPs

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PENSIONERS travelling from South Yorkshire into West Yorkshire will still be able to travel free of charge – despite advice issued by West Yorkshire authorities.

The Star carried a report from West Yorkshire Metro, which oversees transport in areas including Leeds, Wakefield and Huddersfield, advising that, from January 2, concessionary pass holders from areas other than West Yorkshire would no longer be entitled to a discount on trains.

But South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, which funds travel passes in Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster, said it covers the cost of free off-peak train journeys into West Yorkshire – and the arrangement will continue.

SYPTE principal public transport manager Roy Mitchell said: “There is absolutely no truth in the rumours that South Yorkshire senior citizen concessionary pass holders will have to start paying, providing they do not travel before 9am Monday to Friday.

“We are pleased this concession continues to be offered.”

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