'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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Freedom Riders vow to fight on after partial victory

A group of pensioners are celebrating today after winning a partial victory in their campaign to reclaim free travel on Yorkshire's rail network.

The Freedom Riders protested against charges being introduced for pensioners and disabled passengers, but today welcomed the news that those charges would be reduced.

Disabled passengers and their carers will now travel for free while pensioners will pay half fares.

Dave Gibson says they will continue campaigning to recover free travel:

The South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, who introduced the changes say they were forced by budget pressures:

In a statement they said: "The budget pressures which led to the changes remain. The enhancements are being introduced in response to the more significant problems, raised through customer feedback, since the changes to reduce concessionary travel were made earlier this year."

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