Commuter who missed his stop by seconds threatened with £1,000 fine

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A commuter has spoken out after he was threatened with court action and a £1,000 fine after he fell asleep and missed his stop.

Graphic designer Neil Armstrong nodded off as he took a train home from London Victoria to Barming in Kent after work.

The 46-year-old woke up seconds after the train left his stop but was fined despite holding an annual £4,500 season ticket and pleading with ticket inspectors.

He coughed up an initial £19.10, but lodged an appeal which he was told was unsuccessful and was ordered to pay another £21.80.

The company’s rules state anyone with outstanding fines could face prosecution or be fined a further £1,000.

He said: “I understand there are rules but surely there has got to be some common sense?”

Train operator Southeastern only relented on the fine when Mr Armstrong complained to his local newspaper.

A spokesman for the train company said: “The appeal is being re-logged and a refund of £19.10 will be processed as soon as possible.

“A member of the IPFAS team will be in touch with Mr Armstrong in due course.”


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