Crack down on fare dodgers

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Nearly 500 people have been fined over £72,000 for fare dodging in prosecutions brought by Greater Anglia in the last month.

They were stopped by Greater Anglia Revenue Protection Inspectors on trains in Essex and London.

People who deliberately travel on the train without buying a ticket are prosecuted by Greater Anglia.

On Wednesday 2 August, 217 people were prosecuted in Southend Magistrates’ Court. They were fined £17,762 in total and ordered to pay £11,900 in costs.

One person was fined £440, with an order to pay £100 costs and £30 compensation in London City Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 20 July.

A total of 267 people were prosecuted on Monday 17 July at Southend Magistrates’ Court . They were fined £54,694 and ordered to pay costs of £26,618.

Andrew Goodrum, Greater Anglia Customer Services Director, said: “It is always cheaper to buy a ticket than to be fined for not having one. We will continue to crack down on people who deliberately catch our trains without buying tickets.

“Travelling without a ticket results in fares going up for everyone and reducing money available for investment in the railway.”