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Epsom – Off-peak travelcard loophole

Now that the National Rail booking systems have the 2015 fares loaded it appears that there is a good way to undercut the price of a paper zone 1-6 travelcard. As we know, off-peak in boundary travelcards are being withdrawn from Jan 2nd, but out boundary ones will still exist. Epsom has long been one of the cheapest places to get one as Southern offer a discounted version which can only be used on their trains between Epsom and Ewell East. Once you are inside the zones it becomes a normal travelcard. There is no compulsion to use the ticket at Epsom.

So, the £10.50 Southern only travelcard from Epsom will save £1.50 over a zone 1-6 travelcard and £1.20 over the zone 1-6 off-peak cap on Oyster. Ticket offices should sell the ticket if asked, but it can always be bought online and picked up from your local TVM.

Remember that this is only effective once the fares actually change in
January.

2014 Fares Change postponed

According to a Mayoral Decision earlier today, the TfL fares increase has been postponed until January 19th.

Games Maker Oyster extensions

Continuing the farce that is the provision of free travel around London for volunteers, officials and competitors, I keep hearing about extensions to the validity of the zones 1-6 travelcard that most people have.  Before it’s too late, this post will attempt to keep track of those that I can verify.

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Oyster, the Olympics and HS1

Wow, have the authorities managed to screw things up over the headline Javelin services to Stratford International.  Ordinarily the HS1 line between St Pancras and Gravesend or Ashford via Stratford and Ebbsfleet is a premium service.  As such, travelcards and Oyster cards are not valid on the services and there are no Oyster readers on the gatelines.  But London 2012 is the public transport games and needs to be as simple as possible.  Read the rest of this entry »

The end of the £3 deposit

It seems that the machines which sell Oyster cards for £5 including £2 PAYG credit have all but been withdrawn.  At London Bridge the machine has an “Out of Use” sticker over the money slot.  I enquired with some contacts who confirmed that they are being withdrawn at the moment.  Almost all central London machines have been removed or taken out of service and they will be gone completely by the end of July.

Royal Wedding Oyster Card

The Mayor and Transport for London have announced a special commemorative version of the Oyster card will be available in the week leading up to the Royal Wedding.  It will cost the usual £10 (£5 deposit and £5 PAYG balance) and be available from Read the rest of this entry »

Get new card with £3 deposit

As part of the fares revision last month, TfL increased the deposit on new Oyster cards from £3 to £5. This is what you’ll pay online, at Oyster ticket stops and at station ticket offices. The deposit is refundable of course, but only when you surrender the card. However, at many underground stations there are small blue vending machines which dispense an Oyster card with £2 PAYG balance in return for £5 in coins. The difference is the deposit, which is logged on the card so you can’t claim £5 if you only paid £3. I guess they’ll get round to changing the machines eventually, but for now they seem an ideal way to avoid having an extra £2 tied up on the card.

Special Offer – Get out of London

I’ve come across a special promotion on the National Rail Enquiries website where adult Oystercard holders (and Freedom Pass holders) can escape from London for very low fares.  £5 will get you a day return to many places just outside London while £20 will get you a saver return to places like Cardiff, Liverpool and Great Yarmouth.  First Class fares are also available. Read the rest of this entry »