After a recent trip to Wimbledon I have decided that the special circumstances that apply here warrant a page all to themselves. Wimbledon is unique in that the tram stop is actually within a gated National Rail station which causes all kind of issues for Oyster PAYG users. Some of the tram specific issues have already been covered on the Trams and Buses page, so here I will concentrate on interchanging between modes at Wimbledon.
Oyster Readers at Wimbledon
First though, a brief explanation of the different readers. There are standard entry and exit readers on the gatelines at each end of the overbridge. Then there are three ‘tram boarding’ readers on platforms 10a/b next to where the trams stop. These can be identified by the large green label on the front explaining that you need to touch in before boarding the tram. There are also three standard entry/exit validators facing platform 9. The side of the validators facing the footbridge on platforms 9 and 10a now have extra signage making it clearer which is used for each mode of transport. In the mini-concourse at the end of platforms 1-4 there are two pink route validators and at the beginning of each of platforms 1-4 are more entry/exit validators. Click on the image to see a plan of the station with the locations of the various types of reader.
Interchange where both journeys use Oyster
Next I’ll cover what to do when using Oyster for both incoming and outgoing journeys.
Arriving by Tram, leaving by National Rail or Tube
When you arrive on a tram and intend to continue your journey by rail or tube you need to touch in before doing so. This can be done at the three entry/exit validators facing platform 9. You need to do this even if you are travelling by South Western Railway (platforms 5-8) as there are no validators on those platforms. If you are leaving by the District Line (platforms 1-4) then note that the pink route validators on the mini concourse should not be used because they do not record entry. You may use the yellow entry/exit validators on platforms 1-4 if you haven’t already used the ones on platform 9.
Arriving by National Rail or Tube, leaving by Tram
The tram boarding validators at Wimbledon are specially programmed to end any valid open rail journey before deducting the tram fare. This means that you don’t need to touch on any other validators apart from the ones on platforms 10a/b. Don’t worry if you do touch out on either the entry/exit validators on platforms 1-4, or the ones on platform 9, because that will still work. Before boarding the tram you must touch in on the tram validators facing the trams on platforms 10a/b. As above, you should not use the pink validators on the mini concourse in front of platforms 1-4.
Arriving by National Rail, leaving by Tube, or vice-versa
In both these instances there is no need to touch in or out on any yellow validators. What you should do is touch on the pink route validators in the mini concourse next to platforms 1-4. This will ensure that you don’t get charged a higher fare if an alternative route would take you into zone 1.
Interchange where one journey uses paper tickets
Sometimes you may arrive at Wimbledon, or be intending to depart, using a paper ticket. Usually this will mean that your travel takes you beyond the Oyster area using South Western Railway. In effect you are either starting or finishing your Oyster journey at Wimbledon without using the gates to enter or exit (as long as you already have the paper ticket when intending to leave). The following paragraphs describe how to start or end the Oyster journey and assume the opposite of arrival or departure is using paper tickets.
Departure by Tube or other National Rail
In both cases you need to touch in to start your Oyster journey. This can be done using the yellow validators on platforms 1-4 (if using the tube) or on platform 9 (if using Thameslink). Do not use either the pink validators in the concourse at the end of platforms 1-4 or the tram boarding validators on platforms 10a/b. If you are changing between two SWR services (platforms 5-8) then unfortunately you will need to use the overbridge and might as well exit and enter via the gateline.
Arrival by Tube or other National Rail
In both cases you need to touch out to end your Oyster journey. This can be done using the yellow validators on platforms 1-4 (if using the tube) or platform 9 (if using Thameslink). Do not use either the pink validators in the concourse at the end of platforms 1-4 or the tram boarding validators on platforms 10a/b. If you are changing between two SWR services (platforms 5-8) then unfortunately you will need to use the overbridge and might as well exit and enter via the gateline.
Departure by Tram
All you need to do is touch on the tram boarding validators on platforms 10a/b before getting on the tram.
Arrival by Tram
This is the easiest one of all. You do not need to touch any Oyster readers. Just make your way to the SWR platforms and go.