Penalty fares to hit Yorkshire trainlines – are you ready?

Penalty fares warning message outside Horsforth station

By Samuel Bannister

Rail users across Yorkshire could be hit with fines of at least £20 by Northern Rail’s Penalty Fares scheme.

The transport company are clamping down on fare dodgers in a bid to better invest in their rail system.

From Monday 14th May, penalty fares will be introduced across three lines in Yorkshire. This follows a successful trial on the Wharfedale and Airedale lines since December.

As a result, commuters need to buy their ticket before they board the train, or they will be fined.

The penalty fare is either £20, or double the price of the adult single fare from the station they boarded at to the station they were caught at – whichever is greater.

Train users can also be penalised if they don’t show their railcard when travelling on a discount ticket, or if they are an adult travelling on a child ticket.

Penalty fares will also be issued to people who travel beyond the destination on their ticket.

Horsforth, on the Leeds to York via Harrogate line, is just one of the many stations affected by this move. Stations between Leeds and Sheffield via Moorthorpe, and between York and Manchester Victoria via Hebden Bridge, are also included in the new scheme.

Commuters can buy tickets at vending machines at stations or online at Those unable to pay by card can get a Promise to Pay notice, which they will show to the conductor before paying by cash.

The Penalty Fares system only applies to stations with ticket-buying facilities.

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