To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the fine is for trespassing on national rail lines; whether his Department plans to increase the penalties for such trespass; and what steps his Department is taking to ensure that such trespassers are prosecuted.
The offence of trespass is subject to a fine up to £1000. DfT is not aware of any plans for this to be increased. In addition a Penalty Notice for Disorder can be issued to any offender over 18 years of age and the amount is currently £60.
Prosecutions are a matter for the police and the courts. However, as well as prosecutions there are other measures available to the police including a caution, community resolution, or other outcomes outside of the justice system.