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.
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.
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
:: 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