French railways (SNCF) are introducing a test scheme to tighten up security on trains. Inspectors on the Paris-Rennes TGV trains will now ask passengers for their tickets at the doors of the trains rather than during the journey.

The new policy is not only designed to stop people travelling free but also to reduce violence on trains. It is estimated that 60 per cent of attacks on staff are from passengers without tickets.

If the new system is a success it will be rolled out on four other routes this year. The SNCF is taking on 100 extra staff but thinks that the extra investment will be covered by the reduction in passengers travelling free.