Passengers on London Northwestern Railway (LNR) services who are caught travelling without a ticket can expect to pay a higher penalty as of next week.
From Monday, January 23, the minimum amount to be paid for fare dodging will be £100, a considerable increase from the previous standard rate of £20, along with the price of a full single fare as well. The amount can be reduced to £50 if paid within 21 days.
This new change follows a national consultation from the Department of Transport, and will be rolled out nationwide.
Annamaria Izzard, head of revenue protection at LNR, said:“Every year around £240million of revenue nationally is lost to the railway through fare evasion, taking money away from vital improvements to the network and ultimately costing the taxpayer.
“The vast majority of our passengers already do the right thing and buy their ticket before travelling but I hope these changes will encourage more people to think twice about ticketless travel.”
Penalty fares are applicable to anyone travelling without a valid ticket, anyone in first class with a standard ticket, anyone who is 16 or over but travelling with a child ticket, those who can’t show an appropiate Railcard for a discounted ticket, or anyone travelling beyond the destination stated on their ticket.
To find out more, visit LNR’s dedicated webpage on penalty fares.
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