Episode three of The Railway 24/7 once again goes behind the scenes at TransPennine Express and is set to air on Wednesday 24th June 2020.
The next episode sees TransPennine Express introduce a new penalty fare system to catch ticket dodgers.
Lukasz Sambor features in the episode and is trying to catch fare evaders at Lancaster station, known to staff as ‘fare dodger-land’.
More drama unfolds when Mandy Spencer, a TransPennine Express conductor operating a Huddersfield to Manchester service, encounters a bomb scare in the form of a black rucksack. 100 passengers are on board, and Mandy is forced to bring the train to a halt.
Meanwhile, in the maintenance depot, a train needs its bogie replacing, weighing in at five-tonnes, its no mean feat.
Liz Collins, Interim Managing Director at TransPennine Express, said: “Fare dodgers have been a thorn in our side for years and the penalty fare system brought in was vital in ensuring passengers didn’t take advantage of the service.
“We have millions of customers who pay their way on our services each and every year, yet there are a select few who expect to board and travel for free, which is unfair on our paying customers, hence the reason for the system and the resulting clamp down on fare dodgers.
“Viewers I am sure will be on the edge of their seat when it comes to seeing how our conductor Mandy dealt with a potential bomb scare on board one of our services too. The actions of our colleagues and their interaction and care shown towards customers on a daily basis makes me extremely proud, they are essential to the running of our services and I am sure this episode will highlight this.”
The third episode of The Railway 24/7 will be aired on Wednesday 24 June at 9 pm on Channel 5.
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