No more ticket clipping for train conductors

The 150-year-old tradition of ticket clipping is to be phased out over health and safety concerns

Conductors on trains across the UK will soon no longer be clipping passengers’ tickets, so that they “won’t get sore wrists”, amid health and safety fears.

After health and safety demands were made by a number of front-line staff, the 150-year-old tradition is set to be phased out, according to Abellio Greater Anglia.

Health and safety sparks ticket clipping ban

Train conductors on Great Anglia services will no longer clip tickets

On one journey alone, employees have to deal with up to 600 travellers and as well as sore wrists, the litter the hole punch creates on trains, is also seen as a big issue.

According to the company, the new move throughout the UK to introduce e-tickets has played a major part in the decision to scrap ticket clipping.

The traditional method of ticket clipping was coming to its natural end, as passengers were now showing their tickets to the conductor via their mobile phone or tablet, or printed out at home, said the operator.

Train conductors now have to use a different way of marking passengers tickets, such as drawing a cross.

A spokeswoman for Abellio Greater Anglia said: “An increasing number of people are using mobile, print at home and smart ticketing options for their journey, for which, the clippers are obsolete.”

”In addition, as a response to requests from our front-line colleagues, we are phasing out the use of clippers and will be using alternative methods of marking checked tickets.”

After being made obsolete, the clipping machines will be donated to the local heritage railway lines.

Other such crazy health and safety bans in recent years include bumper cars banned from bumping into one another; a pub drinker refused a beer in a glass that had a handle; and school children not allowed to watch the solar eclipse even with protective glasses!

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