Contactless PAYG boost for the Thames Valley

Beyond zones 1-9 the daily and weekly caps for contactless PAYG are usually set at the same rates as the outboundary travelcards (Anytime, Off-peak and Weekly) to zones 1-6.  This is because using contactless is marketed as a convenience rather than value for money. Note that there are exceptions where Oyster is also available because … Read more

September Fare Changes Reviewed

Not much usually changes in either the May or September fare revisions, at least as far as Oyster and contactless is concerned. This year has been very different. Some of the changes have been mentioned in earlier posts, but I’ll repeat them here along with other details which weren’t publicised in advance. Oyster card fee … Read more

New Fares Guide for 2022

Significant changes have been made to the fare scales this year. Firstly, in March the special NR fares from Dartford and Swanley were abolished and incorporated into the standard NR fare scale for the late adopting operators. Secondly, the special fares for Anglia journeys ending at Liverpool Street NR became redundant at the same time. … Read more

Barking Riverside Opens

Tomorrow (18th July) sees the opening of the new Barking Riverside station, at the end of the extension to the Gospel Oak to Barking line. While it’s tempting to go along and see what it’s like, I will be refraining from travel until later in the week in line with advice from both TfL and … Read more

New Entrance at Hackney Central

A new entrance to Hackney Central has been opened on the Highbury bound platform from Graham Road. This means that many passengers joining or alighting from trains now no longer need to use the footbridge to enter or exit from the station. The new entrance is not step free (there wasn’t really any room), but … Read more

PAYG Comes to Marlow, Ealing Broadway Changes

Rounding up some old news I can confirm that contactless PAYG went live at Bourne End, Cookham, Furze Platt and Marlow on Sunday 22nd May.  The news wasn’t particularly broadcast by GWR at the time, and TfL were concentrating on the opening of the Elizabeth line two days later. The fares to these stations are … Read more

Interchanging at Custom House

A problem that has been reported in several places is the lack of validators in a key place at Custom House. As part of the new Elizabeth line station, a set of escalators has been provided from the DLR platforms up to the side gate into the Elizabeth line station. The problem is that no-one … Read more