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Fare dodgers beware - new ticket gates at Southend East
10:00am Saturday 2nd June 2012 in Echo News
AUTOMATIC ticket gates will be installed at Southend East train as part of a £550,000 scheme to help tackle fare dodgers.
Train operator c2c won the cash from Network Rail, which has a £15million improvement fund for station improvements across the country.
The news, which has been welcomed by councillors and commuters alike, will help prevent fare dodgers boarding c2c trains.
Hugh Jenning, c2c’s head of retail added: “This is excellent news for c2c customers. It will help prevent fare dodgers from accessing c2c trains, meaning that fare-paying passengers won’t have to carry the cost for these free-riders. It will also improve security at the station, as it will deter troublemakers from hanging around on the platforms and creating a nuisance for genuine passengers going about their daily business.”
Tony Cox, Tory Southend councillor with responsibility for transport at Southend Council, welcomed the news of the funding.
He said: “This is great news and I am pleased to hear more of Southend’s train stations will benefit from these great improvements.
“Its good for the town because people will see that money is being spent in Southend and it will improve the image of the borough.
“This newest bit of funding adds to all the good work and improvements at railway stations going on locally and its a great thing.
“c2c has been doing lots of work on the stations in Southend and I hope this will reflect on the franchise when it comes up for renewal.”
Rail minister Norman Baker said: “This is great news for passengers. If we are to encourage more people to travel by rail in the future, then stations must be easier to get to and have better facilities.
“These projects will ensure that travelling on a train is a positive experience both during a journey and at the start and end of a trip, so I am delighted to announce this funding.”