The Whitechapel Problem

Over the years since Oyster was rolled out there have been a number of new interchanges added to the system. Notable among those have been Warren Street to Euston Square, Bayswater to Queensway, Aldgate to Aldgate East and Cannon Street NR to Bank. More recently a tranche of new interchanges appeared to service the Elizabeth … Read more

Overcharging at Farringdon

Further to earlier posts about Farringdon and the initial lack of validators to start/end a PAYG journey on the Elizabeth line when using a ticket on Thameslink services, a new issue has cropped up which results in some users being charged for an incomplete journey. Between the southern (back) end of the northbound Thameslink platform … Read more

Lame and Late April Fool?

On Monday morning the i website published an article suggesting that TfL could soon reclassify Fridays as off-peak all day. Now I know that Avanti West Coast already do this, but they are into long distance travel, and promoting a long weekend when business had already deserted the trains is clearly a smart move.  TfL … Read more

Warning! Redhill via Gatwick Airport

Note: Some of the details below will change on March 5th. Redhill will no longer be included, and caps will no longer apply if using the Express service to get to Horley, Salfords or Earlswood. Last September I posted about a change to fares between Victoria and Redhill, Earlswood, Salfords and Horley when travelling via … Read more

New Year Thoughts 2023

As we head into 2023 I notice that not much has been posted recently outside the forum. So, to rectify that, here are some general items for the coming year. As is now normal, the January fares revision has been moved again.  This year it will take effect on Sunday 5th March.  Previously it was … Read more

New Fares Guide for 2022

Significant changes have been made to the fare scales this year. Firstly, in March the special NR fares from Dartford and Swanley were abolished and incorporated into the standard NR fare scale for the late adopting operators. Secondly, the special fares for Anglia journeys ending at Liverpool Street NR became redundant at the same time. … Read more

Barking Riverside Opens

Tomorrow (18th July) sees the opening of the new Barking Riverside station, at the end of the extension to the Gospel Oak to Barking line. While it’s tempting to go along and see what it’s like, I will be refraining from travel until later in the week in line with advice from both TfL and … Read more

New Entrance at Hackney Central

A new entrance to Hackney Central has been opened on the Highbury bound platform from Graham Road. This means that many passengers joining or alighting from trains now no longer need to use the footbridge to enter or exit from the station. The new entrance is not step free (there wasn’t really any room), but … Read more

PAYG Comes to Marlow, Ealing Broadway Changes

Rounding up some old news I can confirm that contactless PAYG went live at Bourne End, Cookham, Furze Platt and Marlow on Sunday 22nd May.  The news wasn’t particularly broadcast by GWR at the time, and TfL were concentrating on the opening of the Elizabeth line two days later. The fares to these stations are … Read more