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If you are travelling from a station that has the facility to purchase tickets it is a legal requirement that a ticket is purchased prior to travel. Railway Byelaw 18(1).

The DRPU deal with people accused of failing to pay their fare. The DRPU has a number of ways of dealing with passengers who have travelled without buying a ticket. The particular method will depend on the circumstances of each individual case. If you are suspected of fare evasion and an authorised member of Northern’s Revenue Enforcement Team stops you and issues a notice to you it will be one of the following:

13. Unpaid Fare Notice

This is a request that payment of the unpaid fare is made within 21 days of the date of the notice. It may be issued when someone has travelled from a station without having bought a ticket and is genuinely unable to do so. Failure to respond to the notice within 21 days will result in the case being referred for prosecution.

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14. Penalty Fares Notice 

A Penalty Fare Notice may be issued if a passenger gets on a train without a ticket or Promise to Pay Notice at a station where ticket buying facilities are available. The Penalty is the greater of £20 or twice the full single fare from the station where they got on the train to the next station at which the train stops. If the passenger wants to travel beyond the next station they must also pay the relevant fare from that station to their final destination.

How to Pay

We accept all major credit and debit cards. Online payments can be made at

Automated telephone payments can be made by calling 0844 409 2717. Calls to this number cost 5p per minute plus your network access charge.

The Penalty Fare Notice may also be paid by Postal Order (please quote your reference number on the reverse of the Postal Order) made payable to Northern Trains Limited and sent to the following address:

Northern Trains Limited
Debt Recovery & Prosecutions Unit
Bradford, BD1 1BR

Appealing against the Penalty Fare Notice

If you believe we have made a mistake you may wish to appeal against the issue of the Penalty Fare Notice. To appeal you should visit or write to:

Penalty Services Ltd

12 Deben Mill Business Centre


IP12 1BL

If you are unhappy with the outcome of your appeal then you have the right to appeal that decision on two further occasions.

For further information regarding Penalty Fares please follow the below link

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15. Other

If the employee who stops you does not issue a notice but takes your details for an incident report we will consider that report and then write to you. If we are proceeding with the incident we will offer to deal with the matter in one of the following ways. Either, a letter requesting the payment of the outstanding fare; a letter requesting an explanation or a fixed penalty. In the case of a fixed penalty you must respond within 14 days of our letter. If you do not reply within the appropriate timescale the case will be referred for prosecution.

We may also decide to offer to deal with the case by way of a fixed penalty after a case has been referred for prosecution. In any case involving a fixed penalty it allows the matter to be disposed of by the payment of a fixed amount of £90 providing the payment together with any outstanding fare is paid within 14 days of the date of our letter. Failure to respond to the offer of a fixed penalty is likely to result in the case being taken to court. Whether we choose to offer the option of a fixed penalty will depend on the circumstances of the incident.

Prosecutions in relation to fares, anti-social behaviour and car parking are brought in accordance with the provisions of the Regulation of Railways Act 1889 and the Railway Byelaws that were made pursuant to the Transport Act 2000.

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16. Car Parking

Northern also protects revenue from its car parks as well as making sure that important safety access routes are kept clear, and that inappropriate parking does not reduce the number of available parking spaces.

Drivers who do not park in accordance with the rules displayed in our car parks will be issued with a Penalty Parking Notice. The penalty is £50 and this must be paid within 28 days of the date of the Notice. If we do not receive a response within 28 days the amount outstanding will increase to £90, if this amount is not settled the case will be referred for prosecution. In those circumstances the details of the registered keeper of the vehicle will be obtained from the DVLA.


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