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Author Topic: Revenue protection at Cookham today  (Read 2272 times)
aj
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« on: February 09, 2011, 07:51:23 PM »

I note quite a gathering of them at the station today. Unlike the regular FGW staff, these individuals (referred to in the Guardian as 'train clampers') are not remotely interested in even reasonable excuses and will 'take no prisoners'.

Therefore it might be a good time to remind you all that you actually have substantial rights, see

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23731140-fare-dodgers.do

and that all you are required to do is offer to pay the full single fare and provide your name and address. Beyond this, the recovery of revenue is a civil matter and not a criminal one. As these chaps are often rather unpleasant to deal with, it's worth reading the above article carefully, particularly as Cookham itself has no ticket-issuing facilities after the rather limited hours the office is open. Of course, fare-dodging is wrong, but there will be times when it was not possible to purchase a ticket or the lines were too long at the station you departed from. In these circumstances you are not required to miss your train; tickets are supposed to be available with not more than a few minutes delay to the passenger. If not, you are not obliged to purchase a ticket prior to departure.
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SuzieQ
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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2011, 10:46:43 AM »

Thanks AJ I was wondering who they were.
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simon
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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2011, 01:36:56 PM »

This seems to suggest that a journey from Cookham to London, changing trains at Maidenhead, does not require the traveller to rush downstairs to the ticket office on arrival at Maidenhead, with the risk of missing their connection.

My daughter has missed the London train several times for this reason - how many others?

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