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Places Where You Might Not Be Able To Use The New £1 Coin

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Customers across Wales could face chaos because thousands of businesses aren't prepared for the new £1 coins. The new coins will start appearing in your pockets from Tuesday this week but the changes to the coin's shape and size will mean they might not be accepted by some machines.

Some companies have spent months preparing for the new coins which will replace the old coin entirely by October. But here are some of the places where consumers have been warned to expect teething problems.

Supermarket trolleys


Tesco has admitted that some its trolleys will not be ready for the new 12-sided £1 coin when it enters into circulation. The supermarket chain has said it will be unlocking thousands of them to ensure there’s no chaos in its stores.

A Tesco spokesperson said: “We’re replacing the locks on our trolleys to accept old and new pound coins as well as existing trolley tokens. “As an interim measure we will unlock trolleys while this process is completed and we will continue to have colleagues on hand to attend trolleys in our stores, so our customers aren’t affected by the changes.”

Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons, Aldi and Lidl have said their trolleys will be converted by next week, accepting both old and new coins. Supermarkets have known that their trolleys would have to be updated to fit the new coin since 2014.

Train companies

If you're looking to pay for your train journey through an automated machine there is a chance that you might end up at a machine that doesn't accept the new coins yet. A spokesperson for Great Western Trains told the Telegraph that the company was working to make sure all of their machines would accept the coins when the old pound ceases to be legal tender in October.

They said: "We are working to ensure all ticket vending machines across our estate will be able to accept the new £1 before the present coin ceases to be legal tender.” Arriva Trains Wales customers are likely to be unaffected, as the vast majority of the company's ticket machines are card only.

Pay & Display parking

Around a quarter of the UK’s 100,000 pay and display machines won’t have been updated in time to accept the new 12-sided coin, the British Parking Association said. This could mean chaos at train stations, hospitals and other managed car parks as customers find they don't have the right cash to pay. The association has told motorists that they shouldn't be concerned as the vast majority will be updated by the October deadline when then old coin goes out of circulation.

A spokesman for the trade association said: “The majority of machines will be ready when the new £1 coin comes into circulation, and drivers shouldn’t forget that they can continue to use the old pound coin until October.”

Vending machines


People heading over to the office vending machine for a mid-morning snack could also run into problems. Around 40% of the UK's 500,000 machines will not be updated in time for the new coins according to the Automatic Vending Association. Vending machines in offices and gyms, which are maintained by companies rather than big suppliers, are likely to be slow to change.

Jonathan Hart, chief executive of the Automatic Vending Association said: "It's just a question of getting round to it. "Machines run by private companies are likely to be slower to adopt as they might need to get permission to do the modification, which is more time consuming."

www.walesonline.co.uk/news/uk-news/new-1-coin-comes-circulation-12796512

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