The South London Press has seen massive reader support for its fight to save free travel for OAPs, with hundreds of coupons pledging support filling its postbag.
The campaigning newspaper, which lined up with “Mums Against Guns” in November, is now marching on Parliament with thousands of pensioners, demanding the Government safeguard their free travel.
Since “Keep Travel Free For OAPs” kicked off two months ago, campaign reporter Mike Pflanz has had up to 70 cut-out coupons a day returned to the newspaper’s Streatham Hill offices and scores of messages left on a dedicated campaign hotline.
On Thursday of last week the South London Press went with pensioners carrying campaign-branded placards to Westminster to demand a top-level response.
A December 2002 report to the Government recommended cutting free travel back to just half-price bus fares, to free up cash to subsidise students, jobseekers and “socially excluded” groups.