Back in late 2009 it was announced that Oyster pay-as-you-go would finally be accepted throughout the national rail network within London. Living in south-east London, this was great news to me. I’d lost count of the times that I’d forgotten I would be using a train on a Saturday afternoon when using my Oyster card on a local bus in the morning. Now all my journeys could count towards the travelcard price cap. As Christmas approached I filled in application forms for my youngest kids to get 5-10 Oyster zip-cards.
The cards duly arrived in the first week of January and we were all set for our first regular trip between Crayford and Sidcup on a Thursday afternoon when the snow arrived. It did give me a chance to set up auto top-up though, but then an email arrived that was to change everything.
It was from the Family and Friends Railcard team and explained that although I couldn’t use my card with the oyster cards, I could still purchase paper tickets at a discount and often this would be cheaper. I started to do some research and quickly found quite significant savings. That discovery prompted me to start this site with a view to spreading the word.