PROTESTERS campaigning against cuts to free train travel for the elderly have started the first of three protests planned for this week.

The Freedom Riders group - which wants free travel for the elderly to be restored in South Yorkshire - have been protesting since the new rules came in on March 31.

They staged their first of this week at 11am outside the newly-reopened Barnsley Interchange, after the transport hub was closed over the weekend due to damage caused by heavy rain.

A further two protests - on Wednesday and Friday - will also start at 11am.

The campaign has been running for several months and the protests have already seen the reinstatement of free travel in the region for disabled people.

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