Fares Change on March 1st Again

I’ve finally managed to get confirmation that most of the 2022 pay-as-you-go fares will be implimented on Tuesday March 1st.  All fares within zones 1-9 are set to rise, along with daily/weekly caps and weekly/period travelcards.  The average rises will be 3.8% on National Rail and 4.8% where TfL set the fare.  As always there will be variations because the resultant fare has to be a multiple of 5p or 10p.  I hope to have more details as soon as the new fares are available.

Update 22/02:
Further analysis of  the changes indicate that a few fares from Dartford and Swanley have actually been reduced or frozen to bring them into line with other National Rail through fares.  Full story https://oysterfares.com/dartford-swanley-fares-going-down/.

8 thoughts on “Fares Change on March 1st Again”

  1. You probably know this already, Mike, but the details of the new March 2022 fares are published in the appendices to today’s mayoral decision “MD2937 March 2022 fare changes”:

    There are always a few hidden “nasties” in the detail, for instance the off-peak zones 2-5, 3-6 and 2-6 TFL fare will increase by +11.8% from £1.70 to £1.90. That is NOT rounding of 4.8%!
    (I wonder if that is the highest percentage rise?) They appear to be spreading out (ie. increasing disproportionately!) those off peak TFL fares in zones 2-6, which until March 2021 were all £1.50.

    Also the “Notes to editors” at the end of the press release includes some warnings of what may be coming in the near future (some of which I see you’ve touched on previously):

    • Hi Dave,

      Yes, thanks for this. Indeed TfL are spreading the fares to reflect the number of zones used. Last year the pairs involving zone 1 were all split up along with some of the excluding zone 1 fares. This year another split will happen and I fully expect the 5 zone fare to be more than the 4 zone fare in next years revision.

  2. Some interesting comparisons between the TfL rail mode and the bus for a single zone outside Zone 1. If you’re making a single trip between two stations, it’s still going to be 5p cheaper by rail than the bus, but if you’re making a quick trip to the shops and back within 62 minutes, the bus works out cheaper overall.

  3. Hi Mike

    Just checked my fare, Dartford to Zone 1 tube, and it looks like the single PAYG fare has decreased, both peak and off-peak. Is this an error in the TFL system? Travelling to Zone 1 on NR only has increased though.

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