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What happened to the LU ticket office ticket machines?
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s***@potato.field
2017-01-17 09:27:58 UTC
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Given the number of ticket office closures thats a lot of redundant equipment.
Are they all still sitting behind the shutters in case a future mayor changes
his mind, been repurposed for something else or just been sent for scrap?

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Roland Perry
2017-01-17 10:03:57 UTC
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Post by s***@potato.field
Given the number of ticket office closures thats a lot of redundant equipment.
Are they all still sitting behind the shutters in case a future mayor changes
his mind, been repurposed for something else or just been sent for scrap?
Shutters? I thought most of the holes in the wall now had ticket
machines in them.
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s***@potato.field
2017-01-17 11:17:01 UTC
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On Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:03:57 +0000
Post by Roland Perry
Post by s***@potato.field
Given the number of ticket office closures thats a lot of redundant equipment.
Are they all still sitting behind the shutters in case a future mayor changes
his mind, been repurposed for something else or just been sent for scrap?
Shutters? I thought most of the holes in the wall now had ticket
machines in them.
Not that I've noticed. Perhaps at the mainline stations but at the others
they seem to have just been vinyled over and left.
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d***@yahoo.co.uk
2017-01-17 14:04:50 UTC
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Post by Roland Perry
Post by s***@potato.field
Given the number of ticket office closures thats a lot of redundant equipment.
Are they all still sitting behind the shutters in case a future mayor changes
his mind, been repurposed for something else or just been sent for scrap?
Shutters? I thought most of the holes in the wall now had ticket
machines in them.
A lot of places already had enough ticket machines, Turnham Green when
I passed through on Saturday has had it's ticket window covered over
by a frame containing the system map.

G.Harman
Recliner
2017-01-17 14:09:23 UTC
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Post by Roland Perry
Post by s***@potato.field
Given the number of ticket office closures thats a lot of redundant equipment.
Are they all still sitting behind the shutters in case a future mayor changes
his mind, been repurposed for something else or just been sent for scrap?
Shutters? I thought most of the holes in the wall now had ticket
machines in them.
A lot of places already had enough ticket machines, Turnham Green when
I passed through on Saturday has had it's ticket window covered over
by a frame containing the system map.
Yes, I think most suburban stations are like that. But that's intended
to be just a temporary situation, as the hope is to let the former
ticket offices out as retail space. There may need to be some
reorganisation of facilities if ticket machines block access to the
space.
d***@yahoo.co.uk
2017-01-18 10:40:46 UTC
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On Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:09:23 +0000, Recliner
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A lot of places already had enough ticket machines, Turnham Green when
I passed through on Saturday has had it's ticket window covered over
by a frame containing the system map.
Yes, I think most suburban stations are like that. But that's intended
to be just a temporary situation, as the hope is to let the former
ticket offices out as retail space. There may need to be some
reorganisation of facilities if ticket machines block access to the
space.
Or like Turnham Green where a relatively lightly used ticket window
did not hinder passage towards the gate line only a couple of yards
beyond , a retail operation would have to have it's access carefully
arranged that it did not hinder going to and from the gate line or be
of a type with little footfall, so more estate agent than coffee shop
in those circumstances.

Incidentally I could not help thinking when I passed through on
Saturday and noticing the booking office was no longer in use that
this was where it all started, Turnham Green being the site of one of
the first automatic ticket barriers , it has taken 50 years.
There was some promotional material around at the time that roughly
said that Londoners using them in front of their country bumpkin
cousins would show them as city slickers capable of using modern
technology. As a ten year old whose life destiny had recently been
redirected from growing up as a Londoner and was now living on a farm
in the land of the withered arm I recall being quite insulted.

G.Harman
Paul Corfield
2017-01-22 17:05:27 UTC
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Post by s***@potato.field
Given the number of ticket office closures thats a lot of redundant equipment.
Are they all still sitting behind the shutters in case a future mayor changes
his mind, been repurposed for something else or just been sent for scrap?
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I think, but am not 100% certain, that a proportion of the old ticket office requirement has been retained because it was essential for station accounting including the passenger operated machines. A lot of the internal fittings and furniture has been removed and disposed of. I don't think there is anything that is sitting there in the event of a "change of mind". It's just what has to be kept to allow the ticketing, banking and accounting requirements to be met. Just because a ticket window isn't there any more does not mean that the cash from the ticket machines doesn't have to be banked, floats maintained and cash collected. Obviously volumes of paper ticket sales have reduced because of Oyster and contactless but money is still flowing through stations.
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