A man whose workplace oversees Radlett station car park says he spots people fare skipping frequently.
James Langston says he sees people jump over the fence, hide behind a billboard until a train appears and then board the train free of charge on a regular basis.
He said: “Six months ago I saw a guy with his hood pulled up opposite the station and walk across the car park, disappear into the bushes and then I saw him crouched down behind a billboard, waiting for a train to come before jumping on it.”
Since then the design engineer has seen far more fare skippers use the same tactic. He said: “Over the past few months I’ve seen several guys going over the hedge and hiding behind the billboard… there was a point where I must’ve been seeing a group of guys do it every day of the week.
“It’s frustrating for me as I use the service regularly and pay a lot of fairs, and I think people who don’t pay are cheating those who do. But you’d also think it would concern Thameslink because it is essentially stealing from them, and that probably isn’t a small amount – you’d imagine it would accumulate to hundreds or thousands.”
James said he has told employees at the station about the fare skippers, who thanked him and said they were aware of the situation and has also emailed Thameslink twice but never received a response.
A Thameslink spokesman said: “Fare dodging is unacceptable and we have many measures in place to tackle it. We would like to thank your reader for bringing this to our attention. We are aware of the situation but will step up enforcement patrols at Radlett in response.”