The Anonymous Widower

Could London Introduce Lifts With Inbuilt Ticketing?

Use the Underground or the trains in London and you have to have to touch in and out with your contactless ticket, Oyster card, smart phone or Freedom Pass.

Suppose you want to put lifts into a station, where putting the lift inside the ticket barriers would be difficult, but perhaps putting it outside on the street would be easy.

This technique has been used at Bank station to provide step-free access to the Docklands Light Railway.

When I called the lift to enter the station, the lift was sent by an operator in the Control Room.

So why not combine an outside lift with the ticketing?

Perhaps to call the lift, you need to touch in or out?


November 10, 2017 - Posted by | Transport | , , ,


  1. One person taps in & opens the doors and others pile in without tapping in. Like the back door on ill-fated bendy buses, an opportunity to skip playing.

    Comment by mauricegreed | November 10, 2017 | Reply

    • Put a CCTV camera in the lift and people will behave.

      I don’t think that there is much of a problem with non-payment on New Routemasters, where you can legally get in at all three doors.

      In fact, I would like to see an experiment done, where you can get in at either door on all London buses.

      With a Routemaster, drivers will often stop, so that the middle door is by the stop. This speeds up boarding, as the door is wider and means they can be on their way sooner to perhaps catch up time.

      Remember, that if a bus is late, the company can get fined.

      Comment by AnonW | November 12, 2017 | Reply

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