‘Freedom Riders’ push for free South Yorkshire rail travel for elderly
A South Yorkshire group has called for the region’s travel body to reinstate free rail travel for the elderly after it revealed a predicted £2m underspend.
Freedom Riders pushed for free travel for older and disabled people after South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) cut grants in 2014.
It now says the surplus on SYPTE’s concessionary travel budget means it should restore rail concessions.
SYPTE said the changes to concessionary travel would not be reversed.
Due to cuts in funding, SYPTE cut free travel on buses during peak hours and removed concessionary rail travel in 2014.