Barriers at Truro Train Station Proving Unpopular
By chris_wasey | Tuesday, February 01, 2011, 22:09
Just a few short months after their installation, the new security barriers at Truro train station are proving to be (mostly) unpopular.
What are your thoughts on the new Truro train station barriers?
An initiative targeted at cutting the volume of ‘fare dodging’, the new barriers prevent people from accessing platforms if not in possession of a valid ticket. The goal being to prevent people from boarding a train without having paid their way.
As quoted on the Falmouth Packet, Truro and Falmouth MP, Sarah Newton contacted First Great Western having received complaints from family members who were not allowed access to wave goodbye to their loved ones form the platform. She encouraged rail users to be patient during ‘teething problems’.
Comments on this article seemed to oppose the use of the barriers, (with some people going so far as to suggesting people push through them if necessary!). Although such ‘forceful’ measures have not been abdicated by Truropeople’s Twitter friends, outright support is thin on the ground.
There are some, such as Josiah Mortimer (@marchthefury) who believes that the whole public transport system needs drastic reform.
None of our 550+ followers offered outright, flag waving support for Truro’s ticket barriers, but one did offer a nice silver lining...
Offering a national context, @Clementshawes reminds us that this may just all be part of what it is to use modern rail transport in the UK.
Have your say.
Have you been through the new train station barrier? What were your thoughts? Slow, poorly staffed and ideologically unsound? OR a necessary evil to prevent dishonesty and keep fairs stable for the rest of us?
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