Long names on tickets cut off

Loco2 is connected to a number of different booking systems, which have varying restrictions for the length and format of passenger names. 

To keep things simple we ask you to enter the full name of passengers, including long names and double-barreled names that include a hyphen. We then format the names ourselves to meet the rail operator requirements, which can result in your name appearing differently on your ticket. 

Reformatting names is necessary to issue tickets, but does not affect their validity.

The most common amendments are:

Removal or shortening of your forename  

The character limit for most rail operator systems is 18 characters. So if your full name (forename and surname) exceeds 18 characters, we trim your first name so that it fits within the limit. The surname is more important so we try to fit this in its entirety if possible. 

Shortening of your surname

If your surname is very long we will include as much as possible (up to 18 characters), so it may appear cut off. 

Removal of hyphens and accented letters  

If your name is hyphenated or contains letters with an accent e.g. á, ü, ñ we will strip these out before sending your name to the rail operator. Your name will appear in the standard English alphabet on your ticket.  

People who only have one name

If you only have one name (mononymous), please enter your full name in the "First Name" box and your last name, minus the final letter in the "Last Name" box. For example: "Ronaldo Ronald" or "Madonna Maddon".

First and last names are the same

If your first and last names are identical, please enter your full name in the "First Name" box and your last name, minus the final letter in the "Last Name" box. For example: "Yin Yi" or "Franklin Frankli". 

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