The new Sheffield City Region Combined Authority Transport Committee is being invited to consider whether concessionary travel arrangements for disabled and elderly people in South Yorkshire will be enhanced from Sunday 8 June.
The proposals, due to be discussed at the inaugural meeting of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority Transport Committee on Monday 19 May, are that from 8 June disabled people, and where appropriate their carers, will be entitled to travel free on bus, tram and trains within South Yorkshire from the beginning of service to the end of service each day. Currently they are able to travel by bus and tram from 9.30am to 11pm Monday to Friday and all day at weekends and Bank Holidays.
In addition, from 8 June people who are entitled to an older persons concessionary pass will be able to travel on trains for a half fare (single or day return journeys) between 9.30am and 11pm Monday to Friday and at any time at weekends and on Bank Holidays. Currently they are not entitled to concessionary travel on trains at any time.
The arrangements for older people on buses and trams will remain unchanged meaning travel will remain free between 9.30am and 11pm Monday to Friday and all day at weekends and Bank Holidays.
Disabled persons and carers will be able to travel free at all times from a South Yorkshire train station into West Yorkshire.
The budget pressures which led to the changes remain. The enhancements are being introduced in response to the more significant problems, raised through customer feedback, since the changes to reduce concessionary travel were made earlier this year.