On lines that have a London terminus, which stations have contactless validators easily accessible?

Because of how comparatively cheap contactless fares are, it can be advantageous when travelling into or out of London to use a combination of contactless and paper tickets... however that means needing to touch in and touch out.

For example, Riddlesdown has an on-platform validator easily accessible, meaning if you are close to the correct carriage it would be feasible to jump out, validate and jump back in... At Amersham, there are no validators on the platforms, but the ticket gates are very close to the middle of the London-bound platform, which would make it feasible to validate as well. Wimbledon, on the other hand, has validators only on tube platforms, which would make it infeasible to touch in/out from a train.

Is there a list of stations close to the contactless boundary that have validators easily accessible from the train platforms?

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    This sounds like a question for Geoff Marshall. Sep 17, 2020 at 0:39
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    If you want to make one, the thing to use would be the national rail station plans, eg Riddlesdown
    – AakashM
    Sep 17, 2020 at 9:03
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    @kiradotee I don't think he's on here. I could be mistaken, though. Someone ought to invite him to check out the question. Sep 17, 2020 at 19:56
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    Also worth pointing out (not sure if this is on topic enough for an answer) that if you're using a Travelcard (season ticket) loaded onto your Oyster in combination with a paper ticket, and you're not using Oyster Pay as you Go (ie your paper ticket's validity starts where your Travelcard's validity ends), you do not need to touch in/out. Touching at both ends is only a strict requirement when using Pay as you Go Oyster, and though it's recommended in other cases, it's not required for this very reason.
    – Muzer
    Sep 18, 2020 at 14:12
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    @AakashM while that is a great resource for some lines, I am 99% sure I saw validators on the outbound platform of both Hounslow and Feltham yesterday, but they don't appear on the station plans.
    – David
    Sep 21, 2020 at 9:16

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This is not a complete list, but the list of stations set to "continuation exit" (unofficial site) is a good starting point, although most stations are not 'boundary' stations and inclusion on the list does not guarantee a convenient validator on every NR platform:

Another station, not on the above list, about which I happen to know:

  • Upminster [Zone 6] (Upminster has standalone validators on platforms 2–3, which is convenient for c2c services heading out of London, since they are usually on platform 2; conversely, most c2c services heading into London use platform 1, which does not have standalone validators, although it does have a side entrance with a gateline).
  • +1 This is a great start... there is some overlap with my own partial list, though it does seem incomplete. Thanks.
    – David
    Sep 30, 2020 at 9:01
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    Anon, can we change this answer into a community wiki? That way everybody is invited to add relevant information.
    – Willeke
    Sep 30, 2020 at 10:19

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