Warrington is an English riverside town where people have been saying hello, goodbye and see you later ever since the Romans built it. More recently it became a commuter suburb where kissing couples have been holding up mobs of people dashing for space on noisy trains. Some bright spark thought the solution was kissing zones outside of platform areas, where couples could retire for a cuddle and maybe more if they wanted.

When their competition started erecting “please kiss here” signs the Virgin Train Company (was it hoping to maintain the habit) blushed like schoolboys reading Playboy and pulled the signs down again. It replaced them with “kiss me quick” ones on the platforms and “kiss me longer” in the car park. The lovers were so busy kissing they may not have even noticed.