At noon today, the 27th March, South Yorkshire Freedom Riders are holding a public rally at Sheffield Train Station to celebrate their third anniversary of campaigning for free local train travel for senior citizens to be restored, having travelled en …

At noon today, the 27th March, South Yorkshire Freedom Riders are holding a public rally at Sheffield Train Station to celebrate their third anniversary of campaigning for free local train travel for senior citizens to be restored, having travelled en masse from Barnsley after a similar rally there earlier.

Date: Monday 27th March
Time: 12pm
Place: Sheffield Train Station

Speakers outside Sheffield station: Tosh McDonald, ASLEF President;
Martin Mayer, Sheffield Trades Council secretary;
Natalie Bennett, former leader Green Party;
Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) plus others.

See here for event details.

Recently, the Freedom Riders campaign has been in the news again, as campaigners have argued that free train travel for elderly people could ‘easily’ be reinstated by using the transport executive’s £1.2m underspend. See article from the Barnsley Chronicle below:


The Freedom Riders have become known for their ‘direct action’ approach. Five police officers face misconduct hearings folowing an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation into the arrest of ‘Freedom Rider’ George Arthur during one of the group’s high profile demonstrations almost 3 years ago (from Barnsley Chronicle)

See here for background to the campaign and a BBC article on the continuing activity.


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