Penalty fares

Penalty fareWe take fare evasion extremely seriously. The railway loses an estimated £500m every year through ticketless travel and fraud. So when a small percentage of people travel without paying, we lose a great deal of money. What's more it's very unfair on honest, paying passengers. 

We are committed to making sure that all passenger journeys made with us are paid for.

You must have a valid ticket (or permit to travel) for the journey you intend to make.

Travelling without a ticket

If you travel on a train without a ticket, you will be liable to pay the full single fare or full return fare or, if appropriate, a penalty fare for your journey.

Examples of when a penalty fare may be charged: 

  • If you travel without a valid ticket
  • If you are travelling on a discounted ticket but don’t have your Railcard with you
  • If you travel in first class but have a standard ticket
  • If you are over 16 but travelling on a child rate ticket
  • If you travel further than the end destination on your ticket

The penalty is £20 or twice the full single fare from the station where the passenger got on the train to the next station at which the train stops, whichever is the greater.

Please note, as of 30 September 2016 Crews Hill station joined the Penalty Fares scheme. 

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