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'Freedom Riders' lobby transport chiefs

Campaigning pensioners known as the Freedom Riders have been lobbying public transport chiefs outside Barnsley Town Hall over cuts to concessionary train travel.

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Protesting pensioners stopped from boarding train

Protesting pensioners at Barnsley train station

More than a hundred protesting pensioners have been prevented from boarding a train from Barnsley to Sheffield.

In recent weeks they had been allowed to travel free on the Northern Rail service as they protested against cuts in concessionary fares. Today (Monday April 28, 2014) though police stood in their way. They had been warned that travelling without a ticket is against the law.

But a handful did manage to get on board another train by changing platforms. The pensioners say their campaign will continue.

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