Glasgow & West Scotland

Glasgow train station gates to combat rail fare dodgers

ScotRail trains
Image caption ScotRail hopes to cut down on fare dodging and improve station security

Automatic ticket gates are to be installed at four train stations in Glasgow in a bid to cut fare dodging.

The £5.7m "ring of steel" will be introduced at Anderston, Argyle Street, Charing Cross and Glasgow Central low and high level stations.

Installation work will begin at the end of this month, with the gates becoming operational between June and November.

First ScotRail said it hoped the gates would also improve station security and discourage anti-social behaviour.

To minimise disruption, the installation work will be carried out during the night.

The gates are similar to those introduced seven years ago at Edinburgh Waverley and Haymarket stations as well as at Glasgow Queen Street.

These were followed by ticket gates at Aberdeen, Ayr, Dundee and Stirling.

'Lost investment'

Steve Montgomery, ScotRail's managing director, said: "Revenue protection and reducing ticketless travel have always been priorities for us because it is honest, fare-paying passengers who bear the burden in lost investment in Scotland's railway.

"Ticket gates, which are part of our franchise agreement, are also proven to discourage anti-social behaviour and improve station security. "

The Anderston, Argyle Street, Charing Cross, and Glasgow Central low level gates are expected to be operational by late July.

ScotRail said it expected the Glasgow Central high level gates to be in use sometime between September and November.

At each of the stations there will be wide aisle gates for passengers in wheelchairs or with luggage, prams, and cycles.

Extra staff will also be introduced to help customers when the gates are introduced.

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