THOUSANDS of rail fare dodgers have been overcharged by inspectors.

Eight train companies did not implement a rule change from last April.

The legislation reduced payment for some without tickets depending on the time of their journey.

Rail Delivery Group guidance failed to set out new rules correctly.

Up to 10,000 may have been overcharged by £8.

After a probe the RDG said refunds would be made where possible.

But watchdog Transport Focus wants “urgent answers”.

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Around half of people affected will be issued refunds for the amount they were overcharged, but in many cases the train companies do not have fare dodgers' full contact details.

Posters will be displayed at stations in the coming weeks to advise anyone who thinks they may be owed money to get in touch with the relevant operator.

The train companies which overcharged passengers are Chiltern Railways, Govia Thameslink Railway, Great Western Railway, Greater Anglia, Northern, Southeastern, South Western Railway and London Northwestern.

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