Skip to comments.Station calls time on kissing (UK train station bans goodbye kisses because it holds up trains)
Posted on 02/16/2009 5:49:48 AM PST by Stoat
Amy Swain, 21, who was travelling to Lancaster with her partner Malcolm Kenny, 23, said: "I don't see the point in the no-kissing sign. I don't think it'll stop people. But the kissing sign is good, although it might be upsetting if you're single."
John Finney, 29, from St Helens, said: "Someone in an office somewhere must have a good sense of humour.
"We're law-abiding citizens, though, so of course we won't be breaking the rules."
His partner, Lynne Surgenor, 24, from Glasgow, said: "His car was parked beneath the kissing sign and I thought he'd put it up as a joke. It made me laugh."
Train passenger Jenna Seddon, 23, from Warrington, said: "I think the signs are quite sweet. It's romantic and a bit of fun. It'll stop people from holding up the traffic as well."
Ruth Hardman, 31, and Alan Dawson, 36, were heading home to the Lake District.
Ruth said: "I was gob-smacked when I saw them. They should spend the money on something more worthwhile."
The idea of putting them up in Warrington was suggested by Colin Daniels, the chief executive of Warrington Chamber of Commerce.
Mr Daniels said: "It was all a bit of fun. But now Virgin Trains have agreed to erect them as part of the refurbishment.
"They may seem frivolous, but there is a serious message underneath. They certainly make our station unique."
The first kissing zones emerged at American stations in the 1950s for wives to say goodbye to husbands heading to work. But then the village of Deerfield, near Chicago, hit the headlines in 1979 when it created a `No Kissing Zone' at its station after complaints about passionate couples causing traffic delays.
A couple were arrested in India last September after claims their kiss outside a Delhi train station left commuters `feeling bad'.
But an obscenity charge was over thrown by the courts earlier this month.
Ban: The sign put up at Warrington Bank Quay station in Cheshire
No smooching: Warrington Bank Quay railway station
A classic scene from the 1945 film Brief Encounter with Celia Johnson playing Laura Jesson and Trevor Howard as Dr. Alec Harvey
But the village of Deerfield, near Chicago, hit the headlines in 1979 when it created a 'No Kissing Zone' at its station after complaints about passionate couples causing traffic delays.
A couple were arrested in India last September after claims their kiss outside a Delhi train station left commuters 'feeling bad'.
But an obscenity charge was overthrown by the courts earlier this month.
Why not just shut the doors and leave without them?
I bet they’d be amazed at the number of smoochers who would get their butts in gear if the train simply closed it doors and pulled off on time without worrying about them.
I suppose they could also hire white-gloved Government 'kissing police' to pull people apart and shove them onto the trains, much like they have attendants push and jam commuters into already-packed trains in some countries, China among them.
I think most trains in the UK still have doors leading from outside to each individual compartment, something US lawyers would have a field-day with if given the chance.
GMTA. Close the doors *on* them, if necessary.
My husband said Japan has “pushers,” too.
A new record was set in Washington last week of the number of people kissing Baaracks butt.
Of course two guys kissing will be perfectly hunky-dory with these guys.
Do you suppose that legal action will be taken against the railway because the sign features only a heterosexual couple? It could cause homosexuals to feel 'marginalized', after all.
LOL! Exactly what I was thinking.
Truth detector! The truth is that it disturbs the Muslims’ delicate sensibilities and GB is doing everything it can to surrender to them.
> Why not just shut the doors and leave without them?
That’s far too sensible a solution. Why waste such a jolly good opportunity to make a “rule”? Of course, Rules need to be enforced by somebody, and that mean creating a job or two, and printing up Kissing Fine books — which of course will need someone to administer and collect...
If Obama wasn’t looking at this seriously for job creation yet, he will be soon. There is a whole sub-industry just waiting to kick into gear behind anti-kissing. Think of all the new taxes! Think of all the lives that can be saved by preventing all those germs being spread! To say nothing of the second-hand kissing rights of all those lonely hearts out there, forced to watch while others kiss. And the trains will run on time, too!
It worked for the anti-smoking lobby, after all!
Excellent observations! Maybe I can get a job as Kissing Monitor at Wal-mart.
Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner!
Pardon me, boy, is this the Transylvania station?
I used to drop my husband at the Kiss-ride in Chamblee GA on Mondays when we lived in Atlanta. A little kiss and he was gone for the week. Now Friday night when I pickeded him and we got home and the kids to bed that’s another story. ;)
Yes, I suspect you have the correct reasaon.
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