Readers react to ticket barriers being installed at Portsmouth stations 

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READERS of The News have had their say after South Western Railway announced that there would be ticket barriers going up at Fratton Station and Portsmouth Harbour.

Part of the firm’s £90m station improvement programme, it is hoped that the barriers will help combat fare-dodging in the city.

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

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

Portsmouth and Southsea already has the barriers – but Portsmouth Harbour, Fratton, Hilsea and Cosham do not.

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Readers of The News have had a mixed reaction to the announcement – while some agree that it is a necessary decision to make, others have raised concerns about the station getting overcrowded on Pompey match days.

Ken Hewitt said: ‘Obviously the ticket checks recently identified a lot of people without tickets then to justify the investment.’

Joe Sweeney said: ‘Good, that will stop people from travelling on the trains without a valid ticket.

Caroline Bennett added: ‘Should have been done ages ago! I pay my fare so why shouldn’t anyone else?’

However, some people believe that the new ticket barriers could cause problems on Pompey match days.

Karl Wood said: ‘They were never installed as deemed unsafe for match days before and after games, why now?’

Ed Watson said: ‘Be interesting on match days when the entire station will be backed up and everyone will just climb over.’

Vanessa Windsor added: ‘Really want to see how this will work after football. It’s bad enough now being herded like animals.’

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