Better security for Harpenden station


Ticket gates are to be installed at Harpenden railway station by First Capital Connect to improve security and discourage fare evasion.

Work begins on 21 November to create two new gate lines, one on platform 4 next to the existing booking hall and another on platform 1, approximately 35 metres south of the footbridge. They will go live this coming spring.

Superintendent Paul Brogden from British Transport Police said:  “There is a high correlation between ticketless travel and crime – basically most criminals don’t buy tickets. 

“Having gate lines in place will help reduce crime on the network and protect law abiding passengers as well as helping to ensure that fare paying passengers do not have to subsidise those who refuse to buy tickets.  It is a welcome development.”

First Capital Connect Customer Services Director Michelle Smart said: “New gates will improve security for Harpenden and all our customers on board Thameslink route services.

“People who don’t buy tickets also cost the rail industry £400 million a year, money that we, as train operators, would like to invest in our service.”

The gates will take up approximately 10 parking spaces in the main car park adjacent to platform 1, which has a capacity for approximately 540 vehicles, and a further six spaces are needed during the work for a site compound in an area furthest away from the entrance. Seven spaces will be added in mid February at the site of the existing entrance to platform 1.

FCC and Network Rail are looking at the feasibility of resurfacing and marking out spaces in this main car park. This would win back those spaces lost and add still more.

Michelle Smart added: “Disruption will be kept to a minimum during the work.”


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