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New OSI at Tottenham Court Road

A new OSI was activated between gatelines at Tottenham Court Road towards the end of September.  There’s a 10 minute allowance either way.  The OSI List has been updated (including the change history).

2 Responses

  1. Lilly Richards

    HI Mike – it would be so kind if you could help with this!

    I have a Zone 1-4 Annual Travelcard on my Oyster. I have to visit a client for work in Hollingbourne (two stops after Maidstone East). I normally travel from East Ham or Barking station to my normal place of work in Soho, but to get to Maidstone I get either go from Victoria or Stratford.

    I have brought a peak time ticket which says “from London Boundary of Zone 1″ to Hollingbourne. The ticket office guy says this is valid from Victoria (longer direct train) but not Stratford (shorter, with changes) .

    Do you know why as it’s an ‘Anytime day return”- surely I can use either Victoria or Stratford?
    Also how will my Oyster ‘know’ not to surcharge me for travelling out of the zone as obviously when I touch out at Maidstone/ Hollingbourne then it pay deducts loads from my pay as you go that I keep on therefor visits into Z5/6.
    And also does the Oyster system ‘remember’ you if you have a ‘suspicious pattern of travel’ like this.
    Thanks so much!!

    Lilly

  2. Hi Lilly,

    Travelling from Stratford would mean using the high speed line which is not valid with your travelcard.

    As for Oyster, touch in at Victoria and then put the card away. There is no penalty for not touching out if both start and end are covered by the travelcard. As your paper ticket takes over at the boundary of zone 4 you will be fine. Even though stations in Kent have readers they are not Oyster, but the Southeastern smartcard called “The Key”. If you have to use a gate then use the paper ticket.

    Oyster keeps journey details for 8 weeks. You really won’t ring any alarm bells with this. If checked on the day then show both the Oyster card and the paper ticket. For absolute security keep the paper tickets for 8 weeks, but I really can’t see anyone being interested in your travel patterns at all.

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