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New Railway Byelaws (applicable from January 2014) - Merseyrail Electrics

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Made under Section 46(1) and Schedule 9 of the Railways Act 2005 by Merseyrail Electrics 2002 Limited ("Merseyrail")

and confirmed under paragraph 5 of Schedule 9 of the Railways Act 2005 by the Secretary of State for Transport on 20 December 2013

for regulating the use and working of, and travel on or by means of, Merseyrail's railways assets,

the maintenance of order on Merseyrail's railway assets and the conduct of all persons while on Merseyrail's railway assets (the "Byelaws").


Pursuant to the Railway Byelaws Amendment Order 2013, railway assets of or under the management of Merseyrail

are no longer subject to the National Railway Byelaws,

and these Byelaws apply instead.


Byelaw 4 now prohibits alcohol from being consumed on the railway at all times,

and without any prior notice being required.

It is also an offence to possess an open container containing alcohol.


This is going to cause a problem at Chester or at any other National Rail station where part of the journey was made on Merseyrail in regards to Revenue Protection enforcement. If someone travels from say Liverpool Central to Preston via Ormskirk, without a ticket, on arrival at Preston, if the Inspector wished to report for Byelaw 18, it would appear as though that Operator could now only prosecute for the Ormskirk to Preston part, as you would have to use a mix of Merseyrail and National Rail Byelaws in order to prosecute the actual journey made (as a single offence).





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Well if the pax hasn't got a ticket for a portion of the journey then that is what he will be reported for, regardless of any other part of a journey- or any other TOC.




Correct, however I see the point firstclassx is making.



Despite the fact that Byelaw 18 is identical under both sets of Byelaws, it appears that staff reporting an offence on a non-Merseyrail section of multi-TOC journey can now only pursue the fare for that portion, whereas in the past it has been possible to pursue the through fare for the whole journey.

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