Plat­form tick­ets please

Rail (UK) - - Letters -

Stephen Wil­liams asks if of plat­form tick­ets are still avail­able ( Open Ac­cess, RAIL 832).

The an­swer is yes, in many parts of the coun­try. Many op­er­a­tors are still happy to sell them both at open and gated sta­tions, par­tic­u­larly if you say that you are a col­lec­tor.

But Vir­gin Trains East Coast does not, Vir­gin West Coast only sells them in some places (mostly Wolver­hamp­ton north­wards), and Lon­don Mid­land-op­er­ated sta­tions mostly do not. Great West­ern Rail­way does not at gated sta­tions in its cen­tral area.

At some sta­tions staff rarely sell them (and oc­ca­sion­ally won­der if they are still avail­able), and may need to re­mind them­selves how to do so. But they are usu­ally happy to call some­one at a nearby sta­tion for as­sis­tance if nec­es­sary.

I have pur­chased plat­form tick­ets this year from sta­tions op­er­ated by Anglia, South West Trains, South­ern, South­east­ern, Lon­don Over­ground, GWR, Chiltern, Ar­riva Trains Wales, East Mid­lands Trains, Thames­link, Great North­ern and Merseyrail, and now have a nearly com­plete cur­rent col­lec­tion in the Lon­don trav­el­card area and routes into Lon­don from Ox­ford, along with a se­lec­tion from sta­tions vis­ited else­where.

They are a bar­gain sou­venir at 10p each (20p at EMT-op­er­ated sta­tions) Stu­art Hicks, Read­ing

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