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Is the HOP rail card system working well?

Digiital image / P.K Stowers
Digiital image / P.K Stowers

Train passengers are being warned to expect more blockades of stations in a crackdown against fare cheats who cost Auckland Transport millions of dollars a year.

Passengers arriving at Middlemore Station yesterday morning found 14 Veolia rail inspectors at barricades around its two platforms to ensure they either tagged off with electronic Hop cards or held paper tickets.

Although Middlemore is believed to be where Auckland Transport says 113 people were caught in one day a fortnight ago, yesterday's military-like operation netted just one passenger with neither a valid ticket nor a reasonable excuse for not having one.

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