High court action over travel passes for Doncaster disabled

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A judicial review has been launched into the legality of cuts to travel passes for the elderly and disabled in Doncaster.

Proceedings have been launched against transport chiefs for clients acting on the behalf of two disabled clients.

If successful it could mean that the decision to scale back free weekday travel on buses and the scrapping of locally-funded concessionary rail travel are overturned.

The clients – Michelle Turner, who uses a wheelchair, and Alan Lindley, who is partially-sighted – are challenging the decision to reduce concessionary travel on buses and trains because they believe it is unlawful.

They are been represented by Sheffield Citizens Advice and Law Centre.

David Young of SYPTE said: “We will, of course, be considering our response to the application to the court over the next couple of weeks, mindful that it will ultimately be local taxpayers’ money that would be spent on defending any action.

“We are hopeful that we can work with Sheffield Citizens Advice to address their clients’ concerns and prevent the cost of legal action falling to the public purse.”

Free weekday travel on buses is available now only between 9.30am and 11pm.

The claim against Sheffield City Region Combined Authority has been issued in the High Court.

It comes after Doncaster’s park and ride service between Rossington and Woodlands was axed as part of the shake-up of transport services because of the cash cuts.

A number of changes to bus services have also come into effect. For more information visit www.travelsouthyorkshire.com or call 01709 515151.