Pay fare or face £1,000 fine, train firm warns
RAIL passengers who try to travel without a ticket have been warned they face a heavy fine if they get caught.
Arriva Trains Wales has launched a new advertising campaign warning travellers they could have to hand over £1,000 for travelling without a valid ticket for their journey, as the firm seeks to clamp down on fare evaders.
The campaign comes after more than a dozen fare dodgers appeared before Swansea Magistrates' Court, and were hit with three figure financial penalties when, in most cases, the tickets they should have bought cost just a few pounds.
Peter Northcott, head of revenue protection and security said: "Our message really is that people may think they are clever trying not to buy a ticket but it's not so clever when they are faced with a prosecution and a fine. Those who are caught and prosecuted are generally facing fines of around £400.
"We also want to remind passengers that having a prosecution can possibly have a knock-on effect on future job prospects or applications for financial products such as loans and mortgages.
"We are clamping down on fare evasion because it has an impact on the amount of revenue that we can invest back into the network to improve passenger services. It is also unfair on the vast majority of honest fare-paying passengers — why should people be allowed to get away without paying the correct fare?"
The advertising campaign also advises on the range of methods available to purchase their ticket.
Arriva Trains Wales employs random spot checks on station exits and trains to check that passengers have the correct ticket for their journey.
Among those fined by Swansea magistrates in June were Stacey Evans of Edgemoor Close in Upper Killay, who was ordered to pay £255 for travelling without a £2.60 ticket between Swansea and Neath
Mr Northcott added: "It is the passenger's responsibility to ensure they have the correct ticket for their journey. Problems include passengers buying a child ticket instead of an adult ticket."