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Last Updated: Thursday, 22 September 2005, 10:12 GMT 11:12 UK
Rail fare dodgers pay the price
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Posters of convicted fare dodgers are being put up in the stations
Posters naming and shaming those who have been convicted of fare dodging are being put in main stations throughout the West Midlands.

More than 100 people were convicted of travelling without a ticket in the region during August, according to Central Trains.

A spokesman said a total of 19,305 was collected in unpaid fares and fines.

The company began a campaign to prevent fare evasion in March and has so far collected more than 100,000.

Wider campaign

A company spokesman said the name-and-shame scheme is part of a much wider campaign.

Since it began there has been a fall in the number people travelling around the West Midlands without a ticket, from 6% to 3%.

In May the fine for travelling without a ticket increased from 10 to 20.

Nigel Pennington, director of West Midlands Services at Central Trains, said: "As you might expect during the summer holidays, numbers were down as there were not as many court sittings.

"However I'm pleased to say that there was no holiday for those trying to avoid paying their fare.

"The station barriers are in place at Birmingham New Street and slowly but surely the message is now getting through to people."


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