South Yorkshire Freedom Riders continue fight against Barnsley bus cuts

The South Yorkshire Freedom riders protesting outside the SYPTE executive meeting in Barnsley
The South Yorkshire Freedom riders protesting outside the SYPTE executive meeting in Barnsley
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A transport campaign group is fighting proposed cuts to bus services in Barnsley.

The South Yorkshire Riders say planned timetable changes in the town will mean big reductions in services for some areas, and could result in some communities being cut off.

The group says areas that will suffer include Worsbrough Dale, Rotherham Road and Shafton. Services in and around Penistone will be cut back, with Hood Green (including Northern College), Dunford Bridge, Crow Edge, Ingbirchworth and Crane Moor entirely losing their bus connections in the changes proposed by the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, or SYPTE, Barnsley Council and bus companies.

Campaigner Tony Nuttall said: “The bus cuts will make life more difficult for everyone.

“Older people are already restricted by the removal of free local train travel. These cuts will make it even more difficult for them to get out and about in the community.

“What’s the point of having a bus pass if there are no buses where you live? The SYPTE have said that there may be a community bus in rural areas, but there are no details of this and they have admitted that older people may not be able to use the bus pass on it.”

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The Freedom Riders are pressing for more consultation with the people of Penistone and surrounding areas. The group says just one drop-in session has been held, on July 7.

The Freedom Riders plan to hold a ‘Save Our Buses’ meeting at Penistone Community Centre in Church Street at 11am on July 21. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss what else can be done to stop the cuts.

A demonstration outside the Community Centre will follow at midday.