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Glossop is train fare dodging hot spot

Glossop has been named as Derbyshire’s train fare dodging hot spot by Northern Rail.

The company has launched a campaign to crack down on fare dodgers across the county, and has revealed that the most common journey where people are caught travelling without a ticket is from Glossop to Manchester Piccadilly (174 journeys).

Eighty three passengers were caught fare dodging from New Mills Central and 63 from Dinting even though all three stations have staffed ticket offices (New Mills and Dinting during morning peak hours).

Alex Hynes, Managing Director of Northern, said: “We hear all sorts of excuses from passengers as to why they don’t have a ticket - they don’t have any money or a conductor did not come down the train and sell them one. It’s the passenger’s responsibilty to buy a ticket, so they must seek out the conductor to get one or if that is not possible, then buy a ticket at their destination station.

“We know that some of our smaller stations have limited opportunities to buy tickets, and we are investing in new ticket buying facilities and currently carrying out independent surveys across the network to gain information on how our customers want to purchase tickets.”

As part of the campaign, Northern has launched two online videos and a series of station and train posters showing two scenarios where someone takes something for free.

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