In the last week I had to make an unusually high number of evening peak journeys between Crayford and Sidcup, so for the first time I decided to buy a weekly travelcard for zones 5 and 6. I now have first hand experience of some of the differences that occur when you have a travelcard season loaded on your card. I’ll be adding stuff to the main site pages in due course, but for now, here is a summary of the best and worst bits:
It seems that the machines which sell Oyster cards for £5 including £2 PAYG credit have all but been withdrawn. At London Bridge the machine has an “Out of Use” sticker over the money slot. I enquired with some contacts who confirmed that they are being withdrawn at the moment. Almost all central London machines … Read more
I’ve just received an email from TfL about Oyster. I’m presuming it was sent because my card is registered. It’s a real shame that they couldn’t have sent a similar email in December 2009 alerting everyone to the new Oyster Extension Permits. This could have saved so many people from falling victim to those not-very-nice management people at South Eastern who are still imposing penalty fares at their London terminals. I reckon there will be
The BBC are looking to run a feature about linking National Railcards and Oyster cards on a radio programme next week. They are looking for people to share their experiences of getting the cards linked (good or bad) and views about the (lack of) publicity telling people that they can do this.
I’ve received the latest list from TfL via a Freedom of Information request. It confirms my suspiscion that the helpdesk didn’t know what they were saying when they told me that the Finsbury Park OSI was 90 minutes. As I thought, it is actually 10 minutes, which is quite reasonable for the short distance involved. There are also two new interchanges
I’ve been informed by a visitor that the new gatelines are active on the NR platforms at Finsbury Park. This means that it is now important to touch out and in again when interchanging between NR and LU. There are information posters explaining the new system. I await confirmation with my latest freedom of information … Read more
There are just 25 and a bit days to go until the OEP is consigned to history. Most of those who have heard about them will rejoice that they can finally use their travelcard enabled Oyster properly again, just like they used to before January 2010. But, it seems, there are a small number of people who
An eagle eyed site visitor has tipped me off that if you change between train and tram at either Elmers End or Wimbledon you do not need to end the rail journey as well as start a tram journey. You must touch in on the tram boarding validator, but
The Mayor and Transport for London have announced a special commemorative version of the Oyster card will be available in the week leading up to the Royal Wedding. It will cost the usual £10 (£5 deposit and £5 PAYG balance) and be available from
In a day over two months time the OEP will be no more, but this is not stopping South Eastern from making a fast buck. They are blatantly targeting people who are about to have the correct fare for their journey deducted from the PAYG balance on their card. And these are people with travelcards stored on their Oyster card, often expensive annual ones. The phrase “biting the hand that feeds you” springs to mind here.