Revenue Protection Policy: Travelling without a valid train ticket
With the right train ticket, you will avoid being fined, be able to travel when it suits you and may save yourself money.
If you do not have a valid ticket and are approached by a revenue protection officer, who is an authorised penalty fare collector, you may be liable to a penalty fare (of £20 or twice the full single fare to the next station at which your train stops - whichever is the greater amount), or you may be prosecuted.
If you wish to continue your journey beyond the next station stop you may be required to buy a full single or return fare for the remainder of your journey. Railcard discounts may not be available if you are caught travelling without a valid ticket.
The vast majority of our passengers always buy a ticket before they join a train, but there is a small minority who do not. We aim to ensure that every passenger who travels by South West Trains holds a valid ticket for their journey and our strategy for achieving this includes:
We operate a Penalty Fares scheme for three reasons:
- To build upon the public support of the principle of tackling fare evaders;
- To encourage passengers to buy a ticket before their journey, rather than to wait until they have to, or are challenged to do so; and
- To reduce fraudulent travel, i.e. those who do not intend to pay, regardless of the opportunity to buy a ticket.