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Transport bosses approve changes to concessionary travel across South Yorkshire

Scores of pensioners gathered together to board a train to Meadowhall as part of their freedom ride campaign - a protest against the removal of their travel passes, but were thwarted in their efforts by Barnsley Railway Station staff and British Transport Police. Our picture shows them gathered outside one of the entrances to Barnsley Railway Station.

Scores of pensioners gathered together to board a train to Meadowhall as part of their freedom ride campaign - a protest against the removal of their travel passes, but were thwarted in their efforts by Barnsley Railway Station staff and British Transport Police. Our picture shows them gathered outside one of the entrances to Barnsley Railway Station.

Improved concessionary travel schemes for disabled and elderly people in South Yorkshire have been approved by transport chiefs.

Members of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority Transport Committee today approved plans that will enhance the South Yorkshire concessionary travel scheme, with effect from Sunday June 8.

It comes after several weeks of campaigning by protesters who were angry at the decision by transport bosses to scale back concessionary passes from April 1.

People who are entitled to an older persons concessionary pass will now be able to additionally travel on trains within South Yorkshire for a half fare (single or day return journeys) between 9.30am and 11pm Monday to Friday and at any time at weekends and on Bank Holidays.

Currently they are not entitled to concessionary travel on trains at any time.

The arrangements for older people on buses and trams will remain unchanged, meaning travel will remain free between 9.30am and 11pm Monday to Friday and all day at weekends and Bank Holidays. Pass holders can continue to travel free on buses across England, between the same hours.

Disabled people will be able to travel free at all times on bus, trams and trains within South Yorkshire.

Additionally they can travel free from a South Yorkshire train station into West Yorkshire on Northern Rail services. When a disabled persons pass permits they can travel similarly with their carer.

The decision follows several weeks of protests by disabled and elderly campaigners, who took part in freedom rides to show their anger at the travel cuts, which began in April 1.

 

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