Deaf protest at travel cuts

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Rotherham’s deaf community are protesting against changes to concessionary travel.

Cuts to free bus and train travel across South Yorkshire, due to come into force from April, have been met with a wave of opposition since they were approved last month.

Support group Rotherham Deaf Futures has called for a re-think ahead of the changes.

Member Laura Swift said: “We deaf people have friends all over South Yorkshire in Barnsley, Leeds, Wakefield, Doncaster and Sheffield, so have to pay for the train.

“It’s OK for hearing people they have friends next door, local community centres and local pubs, but for deaf people, it is different.

“Deaf classes in Sheffield mean deaf people from Barnsley have to pay for train fares, because there are no deaf classes in Barnsley.”