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Rail passengers face delays on East Coast main line

Rail passengers heading into London following the bank holiday are facing severe delays tonight on one of the UK's key train routes.

Overhead wire problems between Peterborough and Stevenage have caused extensive disruption to services on the East Coast main line heading into London King's Cross.

The problems have affected a number of train operators who have warned passengers the issue will ongoing for the rest of the evening.

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Hedge fund manager repays £43,000 dodged train fares

The man avoid paying the full fare to Cannon St station for five years

A hedge fund manager has been revealed as the UK's biggest fare dodger after being made to pay back nearly £43,000 in unpaid fares and legal costs..

The man, who has not been named, spent five years using an Oyster card to 'tap out' of ticket barriers at London's Cannon St station without paying the full price of his journey from the East Sussex village of Stonegate.

After being caught by a ticket inspector, he was ordered to repay £42,550 and £450 in legal costs as part of an out-of-court settlement, according to reports in the Kent and Sussex Courier.

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Calls for cash compensation for delayed rail passengers

Delayed rail passengers should be compensated in cash rather than vouchers, watchdog group Passenger Focus said.

Chief executive of the group David Sidebottom said the main reason passengers contact them are over concerns to do with train delays, refund conditions and levels of compensation.

Read: Train compensation 'a problem that needs addressing'

Delayed passengers should be given cash refunds instead of vouchers.
Delayed passengers should be given cash refunds instead of vouchers. Credit: Press Association.

Mr Sidebottom said the group would like to see compensation regime improvements in new rail franchises being introduced over the next few months. Rail minister Stephen Hammond welcomed the findings of the report by the Office of Rail Regulation. He said:

"I am determined that passengers have the best possible experience on our railways so I welcome the ORR report.

"Our new franchising agreements are ensuring that more-generous compensation schemes are in place for passengers and it is essential they know how to claim. I will continue to push operators to do all they can to make sure passengers are fully aware of their rights."

Read: Most train passengers unaware of refund rights

Train compensation a 'problem that needs addressing'

A rail watchdog has described the regulators findings as "concerning" and said that more needs to be done to alert rail passengers to their refund and compensation rights for disrupted services.

When trains are delayed or cancelled, it is important that passengers are made aware of their rights to a refund or compensation.

It is of concern that as many as 75% of rail passengers 'do not know very much' or 'nothing at all' about their rights.

This is a problem that needs addressing. The top issues raised by passengers contacting us regularly include train delays, refund conditions and levels of compensation.

– David Sidebottom, acting chief executive of rail traveller watchdog Passenger Focus

Read: 'Most train passengers unaware of refund rights'

'Most train passengers unaware of refund rights'

More than three-quarters of train passengers are unaware of their compensation and refund rights when trains are delayed or cancelled, according to a report by rail regulators.

More than three-quarters of train passengers are unaware of their compensation and refund rights, according to a report by rail regulators. Credit: PA

A survey and study groups revealed more than 75% of rail passengers "do not know very much" or "nothing at all" about what they are entitled to when services are disrupted.

Read: Rail fares: Where does the money go?

The Office of Rail Regulation report also showed that 74% of the passengers questioned said that train companies do "not very much" or "nothing at all" to proactively provide information about compensation when there are delays.

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