Over the last few weeks details of several changes to the Oyster charging structure have been announced. The biggest changes are obviously the actual fares and you can now see what effect the review will have on your fare on the new 2011 single fare finder on the TfL website. Some of the other changes are summarised below:
- The refundable deposit required for an Oystercard is rising from £3 to £5. This is intended to further deter passengers from throwing away a card with a negative balance.
- The trigger amount for auto top-up is rising from £5 to £8. This is aiming to prevent cards getting a negative balance because the last journey was an expensive peak fare.
- Cards with a National Railcard discount attached will now be eligible for reduced off-peak single fares on the tube and DLR as well as National Rail (inc Overground).
- The maximum off-peak child fare is extended to National Rail and remains at 65p. The child off-peak cap rises to £1.30.
- Several adult price caps are being withdrawn. There will no longer be peak caps for zones 1-3 or 1-5; plus both peak and off-peak caps avoiding zone 1 are withdrawn. This is particularly harsh on people who travel in zones 5 and 6.
- Some of the maximum journey times for journeys within zones 1-4 are being increased. Full details will be included on this site shortly.