As an employee of Merseyrail, one of our benefits is free travel on our sister company, Northern. This means we can use our passes at Leeds, Derby, Sheffield, Newcastle, Nottingham, Lincoln - practically everywhere up North. Our 'passes' are magnetically encoded, and therefore do open barriers, but only at Merseyrail stations. EMT/NXEC and even Northern are sometimes unaware of this arrangement, so it often leads to problems, despite being rail staff. Even Chester, where our trains terminate, has barriers, and we can't go through the automatic barriers!! Ok, so they're a little more clued up we get free travel there - but elsewhere it's a real problem. Does anyone else think that writing a letter to various TOCs, explaining the situation, sending a copy of my Priv, pass and photo ID card, and ask for a gate pass for the relevant TOC's barriers may work? E.g. ask for an EMT barrier pass for when I travel to Lincoln.... Does anyone else have this problem?