Lynn Railway Station is beefing up its access control systems to crack down on people trying to get a free ride.

First Capital Connect has applied for consent to install a barrier next to the station cafe at platform one, meaning passengers will pass through up to four single gates when they access or leave the platform, Lynn News reports.

Ticketless travel is estimated to cost train operators as much as £200 million a year in the UK.

"The next station with gatelines is Cambridge, which leaves a large area prone to fare evasion," a spokesperson for First Capital Connect told the newspaper.

The company also plans to install CCTV on both sides of the barrier to curb anti-social behaviour, and the access control system will be designed in keeping with the station's listed building status.

It follows news that locals have reacted angrily after part of the station's car park was taken over by a new company, making some annual permits invalid.

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