Northern Rail has revealed there are more fare dodgers on the Rochdale to Manchester line than any other routes.
The rail company is launching a campaign to crack down on traveling without tickets across Greater Manchester.
Across Greater Manchester, there were 10,046 occasions where passengers were caught travelling on Northern services without a valid ticket last year.
876 of those journeys started at Rochdale, 635 at Guide Bridge and 622 at Ashton under Lyne, all of which have staffed ticket offices where customers can buy a ticket before they board the train.
In an attempt to reduce the number of people receiving fines for not buying a ticket, Northern has launched two online videos and a series of station and train posters showing two scenarios where someone takes something for free.
Alex Hynes, Managing Director of Northern, explains: “We know from talking to our customers they have a real problem when they see others not paying for their journey.
We don’t want to see passengers get into trouble and want to make sure they understand the implications of taking a free ride.
“We hear all sorts of excuses from passengers as to why they don’t have a ticket – they don’t have any money or a conductor did not come down the train and sell them one.
It’s the passenger’s responsibility to buy a ticket, so they must seek out the conductor to get one or if that is not possible, then buy a ticket at their destination station.”
“We know that some of our smaller stations have limited opportunities to buy tickets, and we are investing in new ticket buying facilities and currently carrying out independent surveys across the network to gain information on how our customers want to purchase tickets.
This will allow us to continue to give our customers easy and varied opportunities to pay for their journey.
However, the highest number of journeys made without paying for them started at stations with open ticket offices and Ticket Vending Machines.”