The Anonymous Widower

LNER’s Terrible Tickets

On my last trip on LNER to Spalding, I had to buy the tickets in the Booking Office, as I can’t get the hang of their machines at King’s Cross.

Like several other companies, they have changed to thermal tickets.

They are awful!

  • You can’t put them in a typical pocket in a wallet.
  • They curl up.
  • I constantly drop them, because my left hand doesn’t work properly.
  • Is thermal paper as environmentally-friendly as the credit-car-sized card tickets?

They should be banned as soon as possible!


September 10, 2021 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , ,


  1. Accountants ruling the world again. Thermal prints darken in the sun and when they get folded, have no chance if left in a pocket and are inadvertently washed (I’ve had a card ticket just about survive).
    Just think what would happen if you’d bought a £100 weekly ticket.

    Comment by fammorris | September 10, 2021 | Reply

  2. Have you tried using Southeastern’s The Key card? It works with (quote) “You can use your Key to buy single, return and season tickets, it’s totally flexible. You are also able to buy tickets for most other train companies across mainland Britain and TfL, so you get straight to your destination with just one purchase.”

    Comment by Robin St.Clair | September 10, 2021 | Reply

    • I tend to buy tickets on line and take them out of the machine at Dalston Junction. Although, if I’m going somewhere close to London, I usually buy from a TfL machine, as it lets me buy the ticket as an extension to my Freedom Pass.

      Comment by AnonW | September 10, 2021 | Reply

  3. I hate them too I think they’re awful and so easy to lose


    Sent from my iPhone

    Comment by Lawrence Wilson | September 10, 2021 | Reply

  4. Thermal prints cannot be recycled. Sales as supermarket till receipts.

    Comment by Maurice Reed | September 10, 2021 | Reply

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