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Dodger

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Asking for a friend purely for research, but can anyone tell me if it's still without barriers?
 
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I notice that when barriers were introduced at LJ staffing requirements increased.
They needed the barrier supervised - presumably for H and S reasons, so as well as the ticket offce staff they also have other porterage on the barriers. Partly to sort out people who get stuck, and partly to switch the barriers. There are only two gates plus a disabled/wide one.
I can't see South East trains providing this level of cover at the Brixton mainline station, as the entrance/exit to the platforms is quite separate.

No doubt when David Adjaye's scheme to turn Sports Direct into the Shard comes before the Planning Committee our very public spirited councillors will impose a Section 106 agreement for a unified and glorious new entrance for Brixton SR Station fronting onto Popes Road - and all with be solved.
 

jimbarkanoodle

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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.
 

coldwaterswim

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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.
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.
 

maomao

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I remember when they put barriers up at Liverpool Street making it far harder to bunk. I had fuck all money and had just got a job in Borough so I had to get off the train at Bethnal Green and walk from there.

Before the barriers I used to carry a hat so if there were inspectors I'd run past them with a hat on and then duck and pull it off ten seconds later (they probably weren't chasing me but I liked to pretend they were). Or carry ten pounds penalty fare in coppers just in case. Fucking CCTV and Oyster cards. How's anybody meant to have any fun?
 
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