A PASSENGER who failed to pay a fare of £3.40 for travelling on the railway between Burley-in-Wharfedale and Ilkley stations is now facing a hefty bill after the case was taken to court.

The case against Charlotte Gibson, aged 30, of Burley-in-Wharfedale, was proved in her absence at Kirklees Magistrates' Court on February 17.

She was fined £220 for travelling on the railway without paying a fare and must also pay compensation of £3.40, a surcharge to fund victim services of £88 and costs of £150.

A collection order was made for her to pay £461.40 by March 17, 2023.

The defendant made the rail journey on Saturday, September 2, 2022. During the journey she was asked by the conductor to produce a valid ticket, which she could not do. Further, the defendant could not pay for the journey she was making. She was issued with an Unpaid Fares Notice so she could pay the outstanding fare within 21 days.

However, the defendant failed to make payment and a reminder letter was sent requesting payment. As no payment was received a final reminder letter was then sent to the defendant, which she failed to communicate or to acknowledge.