When I signed up for this in November last year I was resigned to being told that my travel wasn’t enough to make a worthwhile contribution. After all, around half my journeys are by bus which aren’t included in the rail trial and thus wouldn’t count towards daily capping. Then in December the whole thing was put on hold thanks to the last minute fares revision changes. So when I received an email last week inviting me to join the trial I was very excited. My participants card arrived yesterday.
During the last week I’ve had a chance to test out the new OSI between Blackfriars and Southwark. This has been described as a temporary one while the work at London Bridge moves forward, although I think a case could be made for keeping it permanently. The walk took 7-10 minutes depending on how busy the traffic was on Blackfriars Bridge which is quite reasonable. There is unfortunately a flaw which means caution should be exercised when making journeys across zone 1.
On Saturday I went out with one of my kids to try and check out the maximum journey time bug on Whitechapel to Balham NR. While trying to avoid both cards getting two incomplete journeys I actually managed to replicate the touch out followed by touch in at an OSI gateline continues the journey problem. Oh dear!
On Sunday I travelled round the new overground orbital route starting with the newest link from Surrey Quays to Clapham Junction. I also tried out exceeding the normal one zone journey time but not the extended time allowed near Central London. Somewhat disappointingly this worked, meaning that the issues some people have had with Whitechapel … Read more
I’ve just got back from a night out in town and had a major problem at London Bridge on the way home. All the gates were locked open (nothing unusual in that, I know) but rather than have some Oyster readers working as entry and others as exit, EVERY gate was set to exit only. … Read more
Along with thousands of others, my eldest has just made the transition from 11-15 zip to 16+ zip. Prompted by the letter received in late August I applied online for the new card. As his school is just outside London I had to print a letter for the school to sign and stamp, then take the letter and payment to the post office. However, the photo and age verification were completed online which no doubt sped up the process. Less than two weeks later
Several visitors have reported problems when touching out and back in again at the same station. The system tries to combine the two journeys into one, often resulting in a pair of incomplete journeys when you get back to your starting station. But if your journey included an OSI en-route then you may well end up out of the system altogether and be given a penalty fare!
I visited Wimbledon again briefly yesterday. While sitting on the tram waiting for it to leave I noticed that they’ve stuck additional signage on the sides of the validators facing the steps. One says only to be used for National Rail journeys while the other says only to be used for tram journeys. Credit where … Read more
I’ve recently discovered a potential saving when making return journeys on National Rail in the afternoon peak where the journey starts or finishes in zone 6. Full details are on the When not to use Oyster page. It turns out that I’ve been overpaying for my regular trip from Crayford to Sidcup for the kids’ … Read more
I’m beginning to get a little annoyed about this now. Someone seems to have forgotten to tell the fares manager that you can take direct trains from Crayford and Bexley to Woolwich Arsenal via Slade Green, and thus take the DLR under the river to Canning Town, West Ham and Stratford. This means that there is no earthly