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Monday, March 2, 1998 Published at 20:32 GMT


No kissing please, we're commuters

Signs ready to outlaw illicit goodbyes.

Clinching couples snatching a goodbye kiss may find themselves banned if they try it in Warrington.

The Cheshire town's Chamber of Commerce is to ask rail companies to introduce a no smooching zone.

[ image: Tomorrow's fugitives?]
Tomorrow's fugitives?
Although some of Hollywood's most famous scenes show the goodbye kiss at a train station, local business leaders say it causes car park congestion.

They want two signs put up at the town's busy Warrington Bank Quay station.

One prohibits passionate clinches, while the other points to a designated bay set aside for the long kiss goodbye.

The signs were given to Cheshire businessman Christopher Reston by Katie Spies, the president of the chamber of commerce for the Chicago suburbs of Deerfield, Bannockburn and Riverwoods, as a souvenir of his trans-Atlantic trip.

They are a familiar sight in Deerfield, Illinois, where an embargo on early morning embraces has eased traffic congestion, says Ms Spies,

"It is humorous, but Deerfield is a major commuter town for Chicago and it really does work.

"I expect to see them displayed loud and proud when I next visit England,"

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Colin Daniels wants a ban.
When Mr Reston brought home his souvenir signs, Colin Daniels, chief executive of Warrington Chamber of Commerce, suggested a similar smooch-free zone should be created at Bank Quay station.

Mr Daniels, a married man, said: "This is a little bit of fun but there's a serious message underneath about traffic congestion caused by by people not dropping off passengers quickly enough.

"The idea that romance is dead in Warrington is not true, nor am I a passion killer. We are not killjoys."

A spokeswoman for Railtrack Northwest, which is currently investing 1.25 million in a revamp of Warrington Bank Quay, said kissing bays and smooch-free zones were not part of the station's regeneration programme.

And train company Virgin said traffic congestion could be a problem but so could not saying goodbye properly.

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