These Portsmouth stations will soon have ticket barriers to battle fare dodgers

FARE-JUMPERS could become a thing of the past on trains passing through Fratton and Portsmouth Harbour as South Western Railway gears up to build ticket gates.

Wednesday, 21st November 2018, 5:02 pm
Updated Wednesday, 21st November 2018, 6:07 pm
A view of Fratton Railway Station from Fratton Bridge. Picture: Chris Moorhouse

Construction on the barriers at the station will begin this month as part of the rail firm's £90m station improvement programme, according to notice boards. 

It is hoped the installation of gates at Fratton and Portsmouth Harbour will improve safety and clamp down on anti-social behaviour. 

Portsmouth and Southsea already has the barriers.

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A view of Fratton Railway Station from Fratton Bridge. Picture: Chris Moorhouse

As part of its network-wide scheme, SWR said money will also be spent on the following aspects of rail travel: 

:: Making several stations more accessible 

:: New waiting shelters and extending existing canopies

:: Photo voltaic energy schemes, as well as renewing all light fittings with LED as part of a significant sustainability investment

One of the notices which has gone up at Fratton station

:: Making more station facilities including toilets and lifts available to customers when stations are not staffed

:: Enhancements to platform customer information screens '“ displaying real time information from new trains about where vacant seats are available and where facilities can be found on the train