Happy 20th Birthday Oyster

The iconic Oyster card started being used on London Buses and the Underground on 30th June 2003.  To start with you could only pay as you go, but daily capping was introduced 20 months later on 27th February 2005.  London Overground was launched on 11th November 2007 which bought Oyster to the first rail services.  … Read more

Most Used OSIs March 2023

We last looked at OSI usage in 2019, before Covid. Thus four years later I’ve asked TfL for updated data showing how many journeys made use of each OSI in the system. The data provided was recorded over a four week period in February/March 2023. Most OSIs are showing a drop in usage compared to … Read more

Contactless PAYG boost for the Thames Valley

Beyond zones 1-9 the daily and weekly caps for contactless PAYG are usually set at the same rates as the outboundary travelcards (Anytime, Off-peak and Weekly) to zones 1-6.  This is because using contactless is marketed as a convenience rather than value for money. Note that there are exceptions where Oyster is also available because … Read more

September Fare Changes Reviewed

Not much usually changes in either the May or September fare revisions, at least as far as Oyster and contactless is concerned. This year has been very different. Some of the changes have been mentioned in earlier posts, but I’ll repeat them here along with other details which weren’t publicised in advance. Oyster card fee … Read more

Interchanging at Custom House

A problem that has been reported in several places is the lack of validators in a key place at Custom House. As part of the new Elizabeth line station, a set of escalators has been provided from the DLR platforms up to the side gate into the Elizabeth line station. The problem is that no-one … Read more