Miles Thomas

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  • in reply to: Journey history with Oyster travelcard #956
    Miles Thomas
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    If you are claiming some/all of your journeys, you may be able to do this at a weekly rate using contactless (with a cap) instead of a slightly cheaper monthly fare. May not need to pay in advance for a travelcard, unless you can claim the whole of the travelcard cost, in which case that may be simpler.

    Contactless history can be seen via TFL account (if you register the card), but can also print a history for unregistered cards on TFL website.

    If you don’t have a suitable contactless card, or don’t want to use an existing one, you can use a mobile phone contactless payment app linked to an existing card, or buy a reloadable prepaid contactless debit card (need to keep enough balance on the latter).

    in reply to: 60+ & PAYG – Two cards needed? #821
    Miles Thomas
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    I wonder if citymapper will get onto the case of making the two card shuffle simple using their app which can do NFC (with permission / engagement from TfL).

    Citymapper could also ask for permission for qualifying users of their pass card to have qualifying travel refunded to citymspper (their pass card is really just a contactless MasterCard and city mapper passes through some charged but not others depending on pass tier..from none/suspended through to multiple zones weekly plus bike/taxi)

    Miles Thomas
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    I suspect the Paddington/Marylebone OSI is also partly there for those occasions when there is a train blockage between Birmingham and Euston (WCML) and travellers are diverted onto the Birmingham to Marylebone route. And vice versa.

    Marylebone tube is not really designed for dealing with heavily loaded express train surges of passengers so having nearby OSI to Paddington (and other Local tube options) makes sense in terms of onward journeys in a safe and quick way.

    May make even more sense once the Lizzie line is fully operational, to allow continuations from zonal train journeys into Marylebone (not served) to Lizzie Line destinations. (I assume there are some..haven’t checked, not my line, I’m local to Marylebone)

    A list of station pairs that offer interchanges that are under half a mile and not benefiting from an OSI would be useful as part of a campaigning list including the dotted not OSI–avoiding the two long outliers mentioned by Mike would be useful.

    Maybe combined with a list of station pairs that benefit from the “short journey just over a zone boundary” discount (e.g. St Johns Wood to Baker Street/Marylebone gets a discount in peak so isn’t the full cost of Z2 to Z1 peak fare om Oyster)

    Miles Thomas
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    Having a succinct list of the “dotted not OSI” would help with campaigning, which is the real benefit, in the sense of TfL setting incorrect expectations.

    As would a list of station pairs (which have line/mode interchanges) that are shorter than the current most distant OSI (in m) to argue the precedent for those too.

    I agree, the other way round is less useful

    in reply to: Santander Cycle Hire – Oyster Integration? #293
    Miles Thomas
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    The Santander bikes are stolen quite frequently to facilitate crime using the bicycle (i.e. phone snatches). They are good enough for that task and have the advantage of being anonymous, and potentially hired legitimately (less likely to trigger a police stop and search).

    If you use a payment card or mobile phone payment app for your travels, then the bikes are integrated, in effect.

    The citymapper app/pass does quite a good job of integrating the bikes for people who don’t want to take out an annual subscription, although you have to have one of the high grade passes which includes bike credit, the basic one doesn’t. The pass is really a payment card (mastercard) with the back end rigged up to only accept requests from certain merchant IDs (TfL and other transport, including the bikes), and citymapper recharge the travel to you via your choice of payment card, at a discounted rate compared to TfL cap (but no refunds if you don’t fully get up to the pass/cap value in the week). Because the pass is a payment card, it can also be added to various TFL apps (maybe including the bike app).

    I think the remaining question is why the Bikes are not integrated to the rest of TfL, i.e. if you subscribe and have the keyfob or use the bike app, why couldn’t the keyfob embed an oyster card and share an account, with autotopup, or allow the bike app to act as an oyster card (via the phone NFC payment card capability). There wouldn’t be the £300 loss charge blocker that way round, just needs a change to fob hardware/app.

    Miles Thomas
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    Is there a definitive list of dotted lines that are not OSI? (Chris D pipped me to the Swiss Cottage one, which is local to me, and is a longstanding gap in stations which should be an OSI although wouldn’t get a huge amount of use).

    Is it worth updating the OSI list on the main website to indicate which OSI are marked with dotted lines and have a supplemental list of which are not?

    Worth passing this as a complaint to various “official” representative groups (Londontravelwatch? or am I mis-remembering )

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