We rode the train to Freedom!
“Many thanks to everyone who turned up today for the Freedom Ride.
For those who were unable to turn up: about 100 arrived at Barnsley station. The station was flooded with police but they said they were only there to keep us safe!
The chief police officer then announced that information about the travel cuts was confused so today was a ‘discretionary day’ so there was no argument about us travelling free to Meadowhall and back again.
We voted to turn up at Barnsley station next Monday at 11am to catch 11.24 to Meadowhall again.
It was also agreed to write to councillors and MPs to ask them to demand the cuts be stopped.
Many people asked for details of those who voted for cuts:
The vote was 7 votes to 5 in favour of amending the concessionary scheme to reflect the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme and thus remove the local enhancements.
Members voting in favour were Cllrs Bramall, Rippon, Johnson, Auckland and Lodge (Sheffield CC), Miller and Leech (Barnsley MBC)
Members voting against were Cllrs Jameson, Nevett and Jones (Doncaster MBC), Smith and Russell (Rotherham MBC)
The full debate can be watched online via the South Yorkshire Joint Secretariat Website. Click Here (agenda item 11)”
This email is from the campaign against the cuts in South Yorkshire Travel Pass concessions.