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Station turns card only on July 26
Prepare for grief at the gates of Brisbane's busiest train station in less than two weeks.
Central station will become go card-access only as TransLink tries to cut down on the $18 million it loses each year to fare evaders.
From July 26, all 34 Central entry and exit points will be go card only.
Paer ticket users or passengers on special passes will have to use specified gates manned by Queensland Rail staff to have their entry validated.
But commuter advocacy group Rail Back on Track warned gate closures were likely to frustrate busy passengers.
"We'll support Queensland Rail with the move, but we do expect there to be some commuter grief", the group's Robert Dow said.
TransLink CEO Peter Strachan said the move was not intended to push more people on to the go card, but to crack down on fare evasion.
The latest TransLink Tracker shows almost 5000 fines and 6000 warnings were issued for fare evasion in the March quarter.
Strachan said go card gates were already at nine train stations and more inner-city stations would become go card only in the coming year.
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