Asking for a friend purely for research, but can anyone tell me if it's still without barriers?
That example you have posted is so unusual and extreme in its nature it was all over the national press. For every one of these piss takers, there will be dozens of people who genuinely cant really afford a train fare.
We had 6 months last year where my partner was unemployed, he managed to get a 0 hour contract (which turned out to be pretty much 0 hours..of course) up in North London. He asked the job centre if there was any help with travel costs and they gave him a leaflet for something that would help with bus prices not tubes or trains so he still had to pay full price for those. They also cut his JSA in half because he had this 0 hour contract even though they only ended up giving him one four hour shift in about 5 weeks. It was a bad time, and I wouldn't have blamed him for jumping the barriers.That example you have posted is so unusual and extreme in its nature it was all over the national press. For every one of these piss takers, there will be dozens of people who genuinely cant really afford a train fare.
I have been in the unfortunate position myself, thankfully not for a while now, where i have been on JSA* of £70 allowance per week, which works out at £10 a day. If a train fare into town for an interview or what not is £4 or £5, it is mightily tempting to skip the fare if you can, so you can maybe treat yourself to some kind of wild luxury such as food at lunchtime etc.
*Of course, in our area, you dont even get JSA anymore, so people have to live on fucking nothing for 6 weeks, then they may get an allowance from Universal Credit. Even more reason to jump a train fare.