A man is set to be taken to court because he ‘forgot’ to renew his railcard and travelled using a discounted ticket.
Michael Dunnett-Stone was travelling from Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria to Lancaster in June when he was approached by a conductor.
The 31-year-old was informed that his 26-30 railcard was no longer valid and that he should have paid the full £7.90 fare instead of the £5.27 discounted price.
Michael allegedly offered to pay the difference but it is claimed this was refused and he has subsequently been summoned to court later this month.
The letter arrived yesterday despite the conductor allegedly informing the commuter that he would be requested to submit a written explanation as to why he did not pay the full fare.
With only £2.63 owed, Mr Dunnett-Stone and his wife Oliva Utley have been left baffled by the court order, pointing out that the stamp and paper used for the letter is likely to cost more than the debt itself.
The letter reads: ‘On Tuesday 27 June 2023 from Grange-over-Sands to Lancaster did travel on a railway without having previously paid the fare of £7.90 and with intent to avoid payment thereof.
‘Contrary to section 5(3)a of the Regulation of Railways Act 1889.
‘Statement of facts: A brief statement of the case is set out below. The statement will be used as a summary of the prosecution if you plead guilty.
‘On Tuesday 27 June 2023, the defendant made a rail journey from Grange-over-Sands to Lancaster.
‘The defendant produced an off-peak day return from Grange-over-Sands to Lancaster stations to with a 26-30 railcard discount, however, the accompanying railcard had expired on 27 May 2023.’
Ms Utley, a GB News correspondent, took to social media yesterday, writing: ‘Excuse me Northern Trains are you genuinely taking my husband to court over £2.63 he accidentally forgot to pay?