Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/810/18570

From The Socialist newspaper, 7 May 2014

Freedom riders on a storm

A freedom rider

Elderly and disabled people in South Yorkshire are still catching trains and refusing to pay. We've now held five 'Freedom Ride' protests against the withdrawal of our free train travel and restriction of our bus and tram concessions by mainly Labour councillors on the Integrated Transport Authority (ITA).

Each week groups of protesters catch trains in Barnsley, Sheffield, Doncaster and Mexborough, travelling to meet at Meadowhall. Over 100 take part every time, with attendances recently increasing, so any ITA hopes that protests would fizzle out proved unfounded.

At the fourth Freedom Ride, Barnsley protesters, by far the biggest group, were told by the Northern Rail manager that there would be no more free travel. Next week they would be made to pay. But no one was put off. Freedom Ride 5 was the biggest yet!

Blockade

Police organised a blockade, physically preventing Barnsley protesters from catching the train to Meadowhall. But they failed to stop the protest. Instead of going home, around 85 elderly and disabled people crossed the bridge to the other platform. Just in time to catch a train with 17 of us from Sheffield already on as we'd been tipped off by phone.

Over 100 of us went on a scenic ride out to Penistone, waving at the police as the train pulled out. In addition, another 30 travelled free from Doncaster and Mexborough to Meadowhall.

Aslef, the train drivers' union, is supporting the campaign. It's featured on their national website and they gave a donation. Their vice-president addressed the Freedom Ride 3 rally. Also, Sheffield Citizens Advice and Law Centre are taking the issue to judicial review on behalf of two disabled clients on the grounds that the ITA failed to comply with the Equality Act 2010. Councillors are looking at the cost of defending the action.

The annual saving resulting from these cuts is only 629,000 between trains, buses and trams and across South Yorkshire. With 265,000 senior citizen and disabled pass holders that's 2.37 each a year or less than 5p a pass holder a week. Our mobility is being restricted for such a small amount of money. That's the outcome of Labour councillors being unwilling to fight Con-Dem cuts to council funding.

Protesters' persistence has resulted in South Yorkshire Passenger Transport inviting a delegation of campaigners to meet them on 8 May. But the day before that we have Freedom Ride 6! We will be claiming our free rail travel yet again.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 7 May 2014:


Socialist Party election campaigning

Fight cuts, Back strikes, Vote TUSC

More local news coverage for TUSC, but BBC downplays council elections

Join the TUSC Thunderclap

Defend the right to campaign

Why I'm standing for TUSC

Housing crisis: TUSC candidates demand socialist policies

Election appeal 2014 - 4,278 raised so far


Socialist Party feature

Prepare for almighty battles against austerity


International socialist news and analysis

$15: Seattle shows what a movement can achieve


Socialist Party news and analysis

Schools - Would things get better under Labour?

Private sector rents and Labour

Care homes abuse scandals

Pfizer takeover bid

Them & Us


Socialist Party workplace news

RMT forces London Underground to back down

Striking against Land Registry cuts

Care UK workers start 14 days of strike action

CWU conference - time to build Broad Left

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

We can scrap zero-hour contracts

No support for zero-hour contracts

RMT turns out in strength for May Day march

May Day rallies in Swansea and Ipswich

Battling the cuts: when push comes to shove

Freedom riders on a storm

Leeds protest against privatisation of student loans


 

Home   |   The Socialist 7 May 2014   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

South Yorkshire:

triangleMajor funding for flood risk management needed

triangleSouth Yorkshire defeats fire cuts

triangleSouth Yorkshire FBU celebrates halt to cuts

triangleOrgreave injustice - 35th anniversary march and rally

triangleSouth Yorkshire: No to fire service cuts!

Disabled:

triangleStep forward for campaign to reverse mobility pass cuts in Nottingham

triangleSouth Yorkshire Freedom Riders - still battling on

triangleStop Nottingham Labour's cuts to disabled travel!

triangleMaximus profitus: disabillity profiteering scandal

Sheffield:

triangleSheffield Socialist Party: Tories out! Corbyn in with socialist policies

triangleWell-supported strike against cuts at Bradfield school

triangleSheffield tree campaigners' legal win

Councillors:

triangleAvenue of trees saved!

triangleEnd council cuts now, to end Tory austerity!

Barnsley:

triangleFighting to stop school meals privatisation

Transport:

triangleJared Wood overwhelmingly elected to RMT executive

Elderly:

triangleCuts and NHS crisis result in 'excess' elderly deaths

Cuts:

triangleSurrey firefighters to ballot on Christmas industrial action

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

12/12/19

PCS

PCS general secretary election

11/12/19

Walthamstow

Avenue of trees saved!

11/12/19

Podcasts

Latest podcasts

11/12/19

Carmarthenshire

Undervalued gritters to walk out

10/12/19

Socialist Party

Come and discuss with us after the election

10/12/19

Morrisons

Pay Deal: ACAS sides with management

10/12/19

Usdaw

The Activist Issue 82 - for retail workers

9/12/19

Swansea

Swansea: Corbyn rally attracts turnout but many can't get in

4/12/19

Socialist Party

Fight for your future - join the socialists

4/12/19

UCU

Strikes: more determined than ever

4/12/19

Socialist Students

Students and workers united in struggle

4/12/19

South Western Railway

It's a strike to ensure the safety of the travelling public

4/12/19

Surrey

Surrey firefighters to ballot on Christmas industrial action

4/12/19

Hull

Social workers lobby Hull City Council

4/12/19

Climate change

Climate strikes: Students and trade unionists protest together

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07954 376 096

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


December 2019

November 2019

October 2019

September 2019

August 2019

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999