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 to Balham might be restricted to certain routes only.
However, while at Willesden Junction I noticed an important change to the signage on the pink route validators. Rather than just inviting PAYG users to touch them, the notice now instructs those with a travelcard not including zone 1 to do so as well. I think this probably means an end to the loopholes where you could travel across zone 1 on some journeys with a travelcard ending at zone 2 and not be charged a zone 1 fare. It’s a shame, though I can’t fault the justification for doing it as long as queues don’t build up at key interchange points.