New amusing ‘Kiss and Ride’ sign at Preston train station is a hit

Photo Neil Cross'Beth Toulmin and Mick Prendergast has a kiss underneath the new Kiss and Ride sign at Preston Railway Station
Photo Neil Cross'Beth Toulmin and Mick Prendergast has a kiss underneath the new Kiss and Ride sign at Preston Railway Station
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A quirky new sign outside Preston train station is keeping commuter amused.

The newly erected ‘Kiss and Ride’ sign has taken pride of place outside the city station - instead of the traditional ‘drop off zone’ signs.

Photo Neil Cross'the new Kiss and Ride sign at Preston Railway Station

Photo Neil Cross'the new Kiss and Ride sign at Preston Railway Station

And, the funny addition to the station has been doing the rounds on social networking site Twitter with dozens of people posting and re-tweeing photos of it.

Bosses at the Virgin run station decided to show their romantic side and put the sign up after improvement works that have been taking place outside the station as part of the Fishergate Central Gateway Project were finished.

It’s a gentle reminder to folk dropping off passengers that they can’t park up and must say a quick goodbye.

And it has even caught the attention of This Morning presenter Philip Schofield - who was in the city furniture shopping.

Schofe tweeted: “Love this sign, but not sure Ian who dropped me off would have appreciated a goodbye peck on the cheek!”

Another photo of the sign was posted by Richard Frediani, an ITV News producer, from Preston, with the caption “Amusing sign spotted at Preston station in the drop off area”.

A user with the Twitter name Worthington added: “@Schofe likes it, so it’ll do for me. Nice one.”

While most folk on social media enjoy the cute sign, one funny poster using the name @Preston_stuff said: “Looks like they’re having their windows bricked...”

And many others have been joking, asking what if they don’t want to kiss the person giving them a lift.

While Twitter user and Lancashire businessman Lee Petts posted: “*Caution* Don’t try it with strangers.”

A Virgin Trains spokesman said: “We are a romantic lot here at Preston.

“We think it’s something to do with the excitement of the train journey.

“We’ve worked closely with the council to improve the access to the station and the sign is just a little bit of fun to ensure we make it as easy as possible for our customers to make their way to and from the platforms.”

Station team leader Shirley Ross added: “To be honest we are over the moon with the response. It has been fantastic.

“It was put up when the work at the front of the station was done. It was something we decided to put up.

“I don’t think anybody ever thought it would get the response it has.”

The signs are more common abroad and some airports also feature ‘Kiss and Fly’ signs in their drop off points.