DB took on more when they started operating the concession. Can't remember the exact figure off the top of my head, but I'd hope that the barrier staff will be new incomers instead of redistributing the current inspectors.How many ticket inspectors does the metro employ I wonder though?
On the rare occasions I've seen them they've been in rather large gangs. Surely redistributing half a dozen of them to centralish stations won't cost too much more?
You often find that when there is a blockade on at Haymarket or Monument, the people who see inspectors at the top and turn around will go to Jesmond, Manors or Central. Easy enough to walk to Monument from there in 10 minutes and you've saved yourself at least £20 in doing so.Tyr said:I don`t think there would be that much trouble with people getting off at Jesmond to walk to the centre I must say- in my experience Jesmond is a major supplier of fare dodgers (students heading to monument/central station) rather than a receiver!
Historically it has always been low - probably due to the fact that you can walk to it from Monument in 5 minutes, whereas if you were to change at Monument you could be looking at a 12 minute wait if you've just missed a train. Add to that the fact that there wasn't much there apart from the offices (where most people will either drive or use the bus to get to) or the old Warner Bros cinema (again car or bus).BigLebowski said:Is there any reason why Manors has such a low usage, after all its one of the more central stations on the network, next to one of the University campus and probably the closest to the Ouseburn and Quayside.
Patronage has actually picked up now due to the opening of the Northumbria business/law school. It is hard to find out where the main flows are coming into Manors but I would have thought Chillingham Road - Manors is one of the biggest due to a lot of students living in Heaton.
It's debateable. I've been lucky enough to have a look along that bit of line on a train that was returning back to the depot. The line is single throughout until you get to old Jesmond station, where there is a passing loop. It is signalled bi-directionally, which basically means you could have some sort of service going that way if you wanted. However it comes down to where the main flows of passengers are going - stations from Tynemouth via Wallsend, the main flow is always going to be to Monument (and St James on matchdays). Few people change at Monument from platform 4 down to 1 and 2 to get a South Shields/South Hylton or Airport train. So you'd be looking at only a few people going from Manors up the line to West Jesmond and beyond. Then you'd lose a train going back from Monument around the Coast.BigLebowski said:Would it be feasible to open the loop so you could get trains direct to/from the Jesmond stretch?
If someone is manning the barrier then this is very easy to spot and deal with - remember that the Metro system has compulsory ticket zones, so once they are through the barrier and it can be shown that they ahve no ticket, it is a £20 fine. Now, if you did this at Central on the mainline platforms, as Newcastle isn't a penalty fare station the worst they can practically do is ask you to leave the station.anonymous1 said:Go up close behind someone who does have a ticket and get through before it closes. Easily done, even more so on the wider disabled/easy access barriers as they stay open longer.