Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Review of South Yorkshire travel cuts announced

Campaigners fighting against cuts to free travel for pensioners and the disabled are celebrating after a plan to review the decision was announced.

Since April, free travel for disabled people across South Yorkshire was restricted on weekdays and free train travel for the elderly was scrapped.

Under the new plan, limits on disabled travel will be lifted and pensioners will get half price train travel.

The proposal will be considered by region's transport committee on 19 May.

George Arthur, secretary of Barnsley Retirees Action Group, said: "I think everyone that's been involved in the campaign so far will be over the moon with the fact that we've had some success."

Steve Houghton, leader of Barnsley Council, said the proposed changes - costing about £200,000 - would be underwritten by Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield councils.

Disabled people are currently entitled to free travel on trams and buses from 09:30 to 23:00 on weekdays and all day at weekends and bank holidays.

Elderly people are currently not entitled to free travel on trains, but can travel for nothing on buses and trams between 09:30 and 23:00 on weekdays - and all day at weekends and bank holidays.

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