Manchester's Bus Ticket madness

Preston, England
September 4, 2015 5:52pm CST
Often in sending me to welfare meetings and job search appointments the welfare services cover my transport costs which is fair enough. They used to let me buy a ticket for the required bus/tram/train and reimburse me later. Now instead they give me a bus ticket in advance. It is designed like a lottery scratch card so I have to scratch open the day of my journey. If other dates are scratched the ticket is invalid. The trouble is the material for scratching off is very crumbly so the tickets can get over-scratched and invalidated very easily. The tickets are quite horrible.
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@LadyDuck (113328)
• Switzerland
5 Sep 15
The idea to give you the tickets in advance is good, but they should improve the way to use the tickets. I know that the scratching system is a pain, in Italy they have those tickets for parking. If you scratch the wrong date and hour is invalid.
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• Preston, England
5 Sep 15
That is the problem with them. It is terribly easy to scratch the wrong parts and cost yourself more money.
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@Rollo1 (16674)
• Boston, Massachusetts
5 Sep 15
I think it's amazing that they pay for your transportation. Perhaps they will come up with a better system, though.
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• Preston, England
5 Sep 15
It was better before. The tickets they used to give out covered multiple transport networks. South Manchester buses have a separate bus company in charge than north Manchester and some journeys cross over from one to the other so now they need to give out multiple tickets in advance and the tickets are fragile.