Barnsley Freedom Riders

Barnsley “Freedom Riders” take part in protests in support of free travel for pensioners.

A unique protest has taken route in Barnsley and is still going strong after 10 months. Barnsley pensioners have been following in the footsteps of american civil rights activists by staging regular “freedom rides”, .

The protest group was formed in March after free travel for pensioners and disabled people was taken away in the county’s transport committee’s bid to reduce a £243,000 transport deficit.

Not willing to give up so easily, Barnsley pensioners have taken on Northern Rail and Barnsley council by boarding the train and not buying a ticket.

Protest leader George Arthur was arrested back in June and charged for ticket evasion.

Northern rail have recently cracked down on freedom rides forcing the pensioners to protest outside the station.

Revenue protection officers and police are brought in to block the entrance to anyone without a ticket.


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