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A ticket platform was a platform situated outside a passenger railway station to allow passengers' tickets to be collected.


These platforms were unpopular as they delayed the arrival of the trains just a short distance outside the station, but it did enable railway staff to collect tickets before passengers had a chance to leave the station.

Ticket platforms fell out of use when corridor coaches became common as these allowed on-board ticket collection.

The former ticket platform on the approach to Oban railway station in Scotland is still in place beside the railway, as is the one outside Liverpool Street Station, London to the south of the line. [Note 1] [1]

Oban railway station railway station serving Oban in Scotland

Oban railway station is a railway station serving Oban in Scotland. It is the terminus of one branch of the highly scenic West Highland Line 101.3 miles (163 km) north of Glasgow Queen Street. It was originally the terminus of the Callander and Oban Railway. Services are operated by Abellio ScotRail.

Scotland country in Northwest Europe, part of the United Kingdom

Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Sharing a border with England to the southeast, Scotland is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, by the North Sea to the northeast and by the Irish Sea to the south. In addition to the mainland, situated on the northern third of the island of Great Britain, Scotland has over 790 islands, including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides.

Ticket platforms are not to be confused with platform tickets.

Platform ticket railway platform ticket

A platform ticket is a type of rail ticket issued by some railway systems, permitting the bearer to access the platforms of a railway station, but not to board and use any train services. It allows people to walk with their friends and loved ones all the way to the passenger car at stations where the general public is not admitted to platforms. Railfans can also purchase platform tickets and enjoy their trainspotting hobbies. They vary in type: some may only allow limited access and a sharply limited time of usage, while others may have totally free access to enter the platform area. During peak usage hours or rush hours, the platforms may only be available for passengers who intend to travel.


  1. This may be a mistake as the platform remains just outside Liverpool Street station are the remains of Bishopsgate (Low Level) railway station.

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  1. Bradley, Simon (2015). The Railways: Nation, Network and People. UK: Profile Books. p. 52. ISBN   978-1846682094.

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