Join text fight against fare dodgers

RAIL passengers are being urged to join the fight against fare dodgers by using a new text message service to report anyone travelling without a valid ticket.

RAIL passengers are being urged to join the fight against fare dodgers by using a new text message service to report anyone travelling without a valid ticket.

National Express East Anglia, which serves stations along the London mainline including Ipswich and Colchester, has launched the initiative as part of its crackdown on those who continually flout the law.

Passengers who believe someone has not bought a ticket can now text details of their train - including time, name of station and destination - to 6006.

Rail bosses will be alerted to the problem and will then send along a team of revenue protection officers (RPOs) to investigate.

A spokeswoman for National Express East Anglia said it was part of a broader range of measures that had been introduced to try to stop people from travelling without a ticket.

These other measures include installing more automatic ticket barriers, joint operations with the British Transport Police and more staff on trains and at stations checking tickets - including a new team of RPOs based at Ipswich.

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