The release of the new one pound coin is causing chaos
The shiny new 12-sided £1 coin was released today as the UK starts to phase out is old round coins due to the risk of counterfeiting.
But most train companies across Britain – including Southern Rail – have warned that some of their ticket machines have not yet been upgraded.
Chiltern Railway said: “Unfortunately many of our older cash Ticket Vending Machines (TVM's) will not accept the new coin.”
A Transport for London sign at Crystal Palace station said: “The ticket machines at this station are currently unable to accept the new £1 coin but will be upgraded shortly.”
There is just one of the many stations across the nation where ticket machines need to be adapted to take the 12-sided coin as well as round ones.
Supermarkets are rushing to upgrade their trollies before the old pound coin goes out of circulation on October 15 this year.
A Tesco spokesman said: “We’re replacing the locks on our trolleys to accept old and new pound coins as well as existing trolley tokens.
“We will unlock all our trolleys while this process takes place so customers will not be affected by the changes.”
An Asda spokesperson said: “Our customers needn’t worry about our trolleys. They will accept both the new £1 coin as well as the current version and trolley tokens.”
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You are unlikely to be able to get out of paying for parking tickets because a government source said they only need a straightforward upgrade.
Vending machines are also being adapted to take the new 12-sided pound coin before the old round coins go out of circulation this autumn.
The Automatic Vending Association estimated that the upgrading of the UK’s 500,000 vending machines will cost approximately £32million.
The trade body of the vending industry said:: “It is regrettable that the upgrades required to vending machines to accommodate the new £1 coin will incur considerable costs for our operator members.”