Penalty Fares Policy

Our approach

Most passengers pay the right fare for their rail travel. But the rail industry loses £200 million to fare evasion every year. As part of eliminating fare evasion, we need to have an effective penalty fare scheme in place. We may charge a penalty fare if you:

  • Travel without a valid ticket
  • Are unable to produce the appropriate railcard
  • Travel in First Class with a Standard Class ticket
  • Are 16 or over travelling on a child rate ticket
  • Travel beyond the destination of your ticket

Read our Penalty Fares Policy (PDF)

Find out more about Penalty Fares including how they are issued, charges and FAQ's here.