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Freedom Riders keep up the fight over travel fares

by Dave Gibson, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) parliamentary candidate for Barnsley Central
Issue No. 2438

Some 30 South Yorkshire Freedom Riders protested at the Barnsley offices of Stagecoach bus managers on Monday of this week.

They were demanding that bosses spend some of Stagecoach’s 

£148 million profit from 2014 to introduce a £1 flat fare. This would be for older people on its buses before 9.30am and after 11pm.

One bus company in South Yorkshire, TM Travel, has already introduced this.

We lost the right to use our bus passes for free travel at this time last year.

After Monday’s demonstration a delegation of protesters met with senior Stagecoach managers. Activist George Arthur said, “There were no concessions today, but bosses were clearly affected by our protest.

“We will be back and we will be protesting at every other South Yorkshire bus company too.”

Freedom Riders are also organising a coach from South Yorkshire to demonstrate outside Northern Rail headquarters in York on 2 March.

We will be there from 12 noon and we are calling on trade unionists, students and pensioner groups to join us.


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Tue 27 Jan 2015, 16:09 GMT
Issue No. 2438
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