Contactless Caps on Fare Finder

I’m delighted to report that the fare finder now includes all-day and off-peak caps for stations where contactless only is accepted. In all cases the all-day cap is the same as the anytime day travelcard and the off-peak cap is the same as the off-peak day travelcard.  These caps only allow unlimited travel within zones … Read more

Latest Funding Settlement and Driverless Trains

There no longer seem to be direct links between fares or concessions and the ongoing funding settlements, unless I’m missing something, so I’m not going to delve too deeply into the topic.  The condition that seems to be producing all the headlines this time is “driverless trains”, a topic that means different things to different … Read more

Mysterious Invisible Pink Readers

I’ve finally been hit with the mystery invisible pink reader phenomenon.  On Monday I made the journey shown in the image.  The touch in at Waterloo mainline was definitely made at a gateline with a yellow reader attached, yet the journey history describes it as a pink reader. I wonder whether it might be connected … Read more

Introducing: Longer Reads

I’ve added a new section in the menu above called Longer Reads.  This is for articles which don’t really fit in the information pages but have a longer shelf life than latest news.  I’ll be adding more topics in the future, but the first one is a look at the cheap short-hop fares which cross … Read more

What to do about Vauxhall

Today the zone 1 boundary moved south to Kennington station and then along the Northern line to Elephant & Castle. This means that Kennington is now on the boundary between zones 1 and 2 rather than in zone 2 alone. The reason for this is because the new Northern line extension to Nine Elms and … Read more

Oyster Facilities at NR Ticket Offices

When Oyster was rolled out to National Rail services in 2010 there were a number of National Rail stations where ticket offices had facilities to retail Oyster products. This included selling travelcards, adding discount entitlement, printing journey histories and of course selling the Oyster cards and topping up credit. To do this a station had … Read more

Kennington Re-zoned

TfL have announced that Kennington will be moved from zone 2 to the boundary of zones 1 and 2 from next Sunday, May 16th. The move is necessary to enable the new zone 1 stations at Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station to be connected to the rest of zone 1. The Northern line extension … Read more

Life as a Census Officer

You may have noticed that not much has happened on this site in the last two months. The reason for this is that I’ve been working for the ONS as a Census Officer in the field. I finished last week and gave myself a restful bank holiday weekend off from any work, the highlight being … Read more

What’s New

The transfer of the information pages from the old site is just about complete now.  While copying stuff over I’ve taken the opportunity to improve some of the pages.  The highlights are listed below.  I’m still in the process of clearing down much of the old site.  Many of the old information pages now automatically … Read more