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Railing against the cheque

Train companies have decided not to accept cheques from their passengers, following the phasing out of the cheque guarantee card from the end of this month.

South West Trains has told its customers that it will no longer accept cheques from Sunday.

A spokesperson said: 'The banking sector is now phasing out cheque guarantee cards in the UK. This is affecting all businesses, not just the rail industry or South West Trains. As a result, like other train operating companies and indeed other retailers, we will no longer be able to accept cheque guarantee cards as a mode of payment from June 26.'

A spokesperson for the Association of Train Operating Companies said: 'As banks have decided to withdraw cheque guarantee cards from the end of the month, retailers across the country will no longer accept personal cheques.

'Train companies will continue to accept cheques right up until the date that the cheque guarantee cards are being withdrawn. This is in contrast to the vast majority of other retailers, many of whom stopped taking cheques a long time ago.

'Unlike payment for a utility bill, where the person paying has an account and can be credit checked, there is a real risk of fraud for retailers. In the case of train companies, it's passengers and taxpayers that would pick up the bill for this fraud.'

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