A BREAKTHROUGH in the six-month dispute over free rail travel for pensioners could be reached next week.

A meeting will be held on September 9 between Northern Rail, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and the Barnsley Retirees Action Group.

Group member Tony Nuttall says there would be little point in the rail operator and SYPTE arranging the meeting unless they had 'an offer to put on the table'.

"We are hopeful that finally people have seen sense and have realised that our group and our protests are not going to go away," he said

The so-called 'Freedom Riders' started boarding trains without tickets in March in protest at the scrapping of free travel for the elderly and disabled.

In June there was a partial climb down with free travel returned to the disabled and half-price to the elderly.

But the action group says its protests and freedom rides and marches will continue until free rail travel is provided for all pensioners and that that should include travel into West Yorkshire.

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