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Railways: Tickets

Volume 504: debated on Thursday 28 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what assessment he has made of the financial consequences arising from the introduction of main line station gating. (314280)

The financial consequences of station gating schemes will be dependent on the level of fare evasion on a particular route, the yield per passenger from that station, and effectiveness of other revenue protection measures.

Gating schemes can also help reduce crime and increase the attractiveness of the service by increasing the visible presence of staff at a station, further increasing revenue.

Recent gating schemes have shown significant revenue increases, even when considering the capital costs of installation and increased staff costs.