The Elizabeth Line is Coming

So, the official line from TfL is still that the Elizabeth Line will open in the first half of 2022.  We’re 4 months in already, so that just leaves May or June.  I’m going to be bold and put my prediction out there (and probably fall flat on my face as a result).  I’m going … Read more

PAYG in the Thames Valley

Contactless Pay-As-You-Go is being extended to the branchlines off the Great Western mainline between Reading and Paddington. Starting on Monday 28th March you can use PAYG from Windsor and Eton Central, Wargrave, Shiplake and Henley-on-Thames. The Bourne End and Marlow branch will follow later this year. The fares and caps follow the same pattern as … Read more

New Auto Topup Option

TfL have announced that from Wednesday March 30th there will be a new option of a £10 auto topup. The threshold for updating remains £20, but you will have the option of topping up by £10, £20 or £40. If you are happy with your current settings then there is nothing you need to do, … Read more

New Fares from Tuesday – Full Details

It’s a little later than I’d hoped, but I now have full details of the new fares available on this site. To check single fares and caps between any two stations please visit the 2022 Fare Finder. Note that we are aware of a small problem with the zonal coverage details when travelling to/from Gatwick … Read more

Dartford, Swanley, Fares Going Down!

Prompted by a site visitor (thanks Nick) I’ve analysed the changes to fares on the NR2 scale and discovered that they have all been aligned with the main NR1 scale.  I queried this with TfL who said that they had checked with Southeastern and that the fares are correct.  I also asked Southeastern for confirmation … Read more

Another Cheap Zone 1 Fare Discovered

There are a number of journeys on the rail system in London where it is not possible to tell whether you’ve travelled via zone 1 or not.  If the consensus is that you will have done, because the alternative is too convoluted, then the including zone 1 fare will be charged.  But if avoiding zone … Read more

Fares Change on March 1st Again

I’ve finally managed to get confirmation that most of the 2022 pay-as-you-go fares will be implimented on Tuesday March 1st.  All fares within zones 1-9 are set to rise, along with daily/weekly caps and weekly/period travelcards.  The average rises will be 3.8% on National Rail and 4.8% where TfL set the fare.  As always there … Read more

End of 2021 Round-Up

As we approach the end of another covid-riddled year there are a few odds and ends to mention: The January fares revision has again been postponed.  It’s suggested that it will be in March, but no date is clear just yet.  When it does happen the average rise is expected to be 3.8%. As there … Read more

Limehouse Gate Confusion

Limehouse has two stations adjacent to each other. One is a DLR station and the other is on the c2c line from Fenchurch Street. Both stations have stairs/lifts down to a concourse with validators at the bottom from the DLR station and a gateline leading from the c2c station. So far it is all straightforward. … Read more