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One of the real complications with the new system concerns the difference between peak and off-peak. The daily price cap operates between 0430 in the morning and 0430 the following morning. Obviously Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays are off-peak all the time. For Monday to Friday the day is split into five periods with four different meanings as follows:
|Time of Day||Actual Rate Charged||Counts towards which price cap|
|09.30-16.00||Off Peak||Off Peak|
|19.00-04.30||Off Peak||Off Peak|
If you build up travel in the morning peak (before 0930) then the most you will pay will be the peak price cap for the zones that you travel within. This will apply to all travel that day (up to 0430 the next day). If you do not start to travel until after 0930 then the most you will pay will be the off-peak price cap for the zones that you travel within. If you travel in the morning peak but do not reach the value of the peak cap minus the off-peak cap, your peak travel is frozen at 0930 and you start building up to the off-peak cap from zero. This way you will never pay more than the appropriate travelcard for your journeys during the day.
As with all rules there are a number of exceptions.
- If you start a journey outside zone 1 between 1600 and 1900 and finish it inside zone 1 using any of the modes of TfL rail (see definitions page) then the off-peak fare applies.
- All travel between Euston and Watford Junction before 0930 is considered off-peak as is travel the other way between 1600 and 1900.
- There are a number of earlier starts to the off-peak from stations at the extremeties of the Oyster area. Touch in after the times given in the following table will count towards the off-peak price cap, but note that the single fare charged will still be the peak fare until after 0930:
|Station||Time of Touch In|
|Chalfont & Latimer||09:15|
|Watford High Street||09:10|