Regular readers (hello you!) will remember that I tried to collect the stations on the Oost of Amsterdam, but was cruelly denied when damage to the overhead lines stopped me. In some ways, this was a good thing. I'd planned on boarding at Science Park and then alighting at Diemen. That left me with a problem. I'd collected all the stations; there weren't any more. The only option really was to board a train from the station I'd just left, which I always hate doing. How boring. The alternative was to walk through Diemen to Diemen Zuid, a combination NR/Metro station about a mile and a half away. But that would mean I collected an M53 Metro station separate from all the rest, which would be plain annoying. It was quite the dilemma.
As it turned out, I never made it to Diemen in the first place, so my first visit to Diemen Zuid was as part of its metro line. This is a sign that everything turns out for the best, and definitely isn't me trying to find an up side to not collecting those two stations. Definitely.
Inside, like all the Metro stations, the ticket hall was unstaffed. This isn't a problem because every station has a ticket machine, plus you can get through the six-foot high ticket gates with a variety of methods, ranging from an app on your phone, to a specific transport card, to your credit or debit card. The computer is smart enough to work out how much you need to pay and charge you accordingly while the tall gates keep the station secure. This is what's known as "modern ticketing" and "a good thing" and "what the British need to implement before they go closing the ticket offices because otherwise you make a hideous mess and isolate and strand a lot of vulnerable people and I don't know why I bother because it's never going to happen because it requires forethought and preparation and investment and instead the Treasury will gain a couple of quid by removing staffed stations and then lose vast amounts of revenue because people either won't pay or won't travel at all".