Queue here for tickets for future travel

Gingerous has emailed us with the following:

At London Euston station this weekend I noticed a sign at the ticket booths that read "Queue here for tickets for future travel". Which made me ask the question: why would you buy tickets for past travel? Surely all travel is in the future, even if only five minutes in the future.


Well, er, yes – but can you think of better wording? I assume that 'future travel' means travel on any day apart from the current one, only I don't know how to express that concisely and unambiguously on a sign...

5 comments:

Kraxpelax said...
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The Ridger, FCD said...

This strikes me as someone looking for nits to pick. How could this be misunderstood?

wikiplugs said...
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JD (The Engine Room) said...

I don't think it's a case of misunderstanding... I think Gingerous' email falls under the category of 'humorous observation'. I suppose it depends on your sense of humour!

Harry said...

I'd like to think that from the above that it's now actually possible to purchase tickets for trips into the future... A return ticket to the year 2455? Or perhaps a single to a week next thursday? Either way the fares are exorbitant.

And the train will be late.

(You could get a ticket for a few minutes into the future just to get to the time when the train would actually arrive, however what if THAT train was late? Insanity lies down that train (pardon the pun) of thought...)