Solving Finsbury Park

Regular visitors to this site will be aware of the long standing problems for Oyster and contactless users at Finsbury Park.  Initially the Underground station was partly gated and partly open with validators, while the National Rail station was completely open with validators.  In recent years London Underground sought to secure their station with gates … Read more

Testing The New Oyster Capping

First published on 30th September, updated on 6th and 12th October. With the new system of capping starting this week I decided that now was a good time to dust off my Oyster card and check out how things work.  Whilst the behind the scenes processing seemed reasonably clear, I wanted to see how much … Read more

Site Updates and Capping Changes

Over the weekend the comments attached to the information pages from the old site have been migrated over to this site.  This means that the links at the bottom of each page back to the old site are no longer required.  I’d still encourage anyone who wants to ask a question to use the forum … Read more

Battersea Power Station Opening 20/09/2021

The new extension to the Northern line to Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station is scheduled to open on Monday 20th September. It will initially be served by 5 or 6 trains an hour which will run via the Charing Cross branch.  The extension cannot physically connect to the Bank branch. In terms of fares … Read more

Confusing Announcement at King George V

So, I was out and about this afternoon trying out some stuff with an ITSO smart card, more of which later. At King George V the train to Woolwich Arsenal was announced as going via London City Airport. Err, no, it’s just been there, it’s not going again.

Don’t Buy a Travelcard Online From Swanley

This is not an Oyster (or contactless) issue, but it is related to travel in London and needs highlighting. Since March 2016 Swanley in Kent has been placed in London travel zone 8. This coincided with acceptance of Oyster PAYG from March 9th that year. It also meant that day travelcards for zones 1-9 and … Read more

Finsbury Park back to Normal

I’m reliabley informed that the hated one-way system at Finsbury Park has been removed, so Great Northern and Thameslink customers changing onto the Underground no longer have to walk round a massive detour outside.