Fare-dodge crackdown at train station
NEW measures could soon be put in place to clamp down on fare dodging at Nottingham Station.
East Midlands Trains is exploring the option of installing London Underground-style automatic ticket gates at the station.
The plans, which are at an early stage, have been welcomed by passenger groups.
Paul Fulwood, East Midlands spokesman for rail watchdog Passenger Focus, said: "We support two objectives which gating helps deliver.
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"It reduces revenue loss and mis-travel, and reduces anti-social behaviour by keeping non-rail passengers off the platforms."
Mr Fulwood stressed that any gating at Nottingham would have to help improve services for passengers.
He said: "We are broadly supportive of gating but there are some caveats.
"Any gating needs to be integrated into the station to make sure that the station still functions properly."
He also called for the revenue East Midlands Trains collects at the barriers to be used for investment into its rail services and ticket subsidies.
Mr Fulwood said: "East Midlands Trains should collect all revenue due to them before considering price rises.
"They should also make sure there are sufficient means for passengers to buy tickets."
East Midlands Trains already operates ticket barriers at Leicester, Loughborough and Lincoln stations, which were already in place when the company took over the Midland Mainline and Central Trains franchises in 2007.
The company outlined its plans to install barriers at a number of key stations along its routes, including at Nottingham, in its franchise bid submitted to the Department for Transport.
An East Midlands Trains spokesperson said: "It is our intention to install ticket barriers at Nottingham Station.
"It has always been planned to carry out the improvements at four stations along our routes – Sheffield, Nottingham, London St Pancras and Derby – but nothing is confirmed as we are still at the planning stage.
"We need to explore the logistics of how it might be done."