British Transport Police carried out an operation at Plumstead station this evening working alongside Southeastern and the Met which saw the installing of metal arches and ticket checks.
The operation saw 97 people issued with a penalty fare and a further 26 summonsed to appear at Magistrates Court for fare evasion.
According to police, there were also “34 stop and searches for drug and weapon offences. Of those 4 are positive for drugs” with a metal detector used in the station building. Though a separate police account states 1 arrest and 5 reported.
A similar operation was carried out in Lewisham last week.
It has long been suspected that fare evasion on the line is high, with the next station along at Abbey Wood seeing an increase of over 50 per cent in counted passenger numbers after barriers were installed and staffed from first-to-last train.
Having 123 people caught in one evening does suggest a problem – with the true number of passengers not being accurately counted and thus provision of carriages lagging behind actual usage and demand?