Ticket barriers to be brought in at Finsbury Park station

A CLAMPDOWN on ticket dodgers will see gates installed at Finsbury Park rail station.

Train firm First Capital Connect is starting work on installing the gates this month to improve security.

The gates will regulate entry onto platforms 1, 2, 5 and 6 and will start operating in the spring.

Superintendent Paul Brogden from British Transport Police said: “There is a high correlation between ticketless travel and crime – basically most criminals don’t buy tickets.

“Having gatelines in place will help reduce crime on the network and protect law abiding passengers as well as helping to ensure that fare paying passengers do not have to subsidise those who refuse to buy tickets. It is a welcome development.”


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Michelle Smart, First Capital Connect’s customer services director, added: “New gates will improve security for Finsbury Park and all our customers on board Great Northern route services.

“Fare evasion also costs the rail industry �400 million a year, money that we, as train operators, would like to invest in our service.”

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The company said disruption to passengers will be kept to a minimum.

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