Rishton train passengers fined despite having 'no opportunity' to buy ticket (From Blackburn Citizen)
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Rishton train passengers fined despite having 'no opportunity' to buy ticket
1:59pm Thursday 22nd August 2013 in News
A RISHTON councillor has written to train bosses urging them to hire more conductors to allow passengers to buy tickets.
Ken Moss’ letter comes as several residents told of being challenged for not buying tickets, despite never having the opportunity to do so.
Marine Adrian Guilfoyle said Northern Rail staff demanded his details after being approached at Blackburn train station, and was fined £80, plus his £1.80 train fare.
Another resident, who did not want to be named, said a conductor helped him take a pram on board, but then disappeared before he could pay. He was also fined.
Computing student Ben Britcliffe said he only received a warning because he complained to the Northern Rail chief executive. The 20-year-old from Harwood Road said: “It’s happened to many, many people. I travelled from Rishton to Blackburn and there was no conductor on the train. The ticket machine at Blackburn was out of order, so I approached a member of staff with the money in my hand hoping to buy a ticket.
“But he asked me to step aside and tried to fine me.”
Coun Moss said he had written to Northern Rail because he never gets asked for a ticket after 6pm. He said: “On one occasion it was impossible for me to buy one.”
A Northern Rail spokeswoman said: “It is an offence to travel without a valid ticket and it is the passenger’s responsibility to ensure they have this ticket.
“If they board at an unmanned station, without a ticket machine, then they should buy a ticket at the first opportunity – by locating the conductor on the train or, where this is not possible, on arrival at stations where ticket machines, or a ticket office, are available.
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