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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Oystercard 2006 fares - confusion continued

Hmm it's really going to speed things up at my stationSo is Oystercard NON pre-pay being reduced or not?

You probably gathered from Tuesday's post about the 2006 tube and bus price rises and the many comments, that there's a huge amount of confusion about Oystercards and whether the reductions for using them to avoid the 2006 London Underground and bus fare price hikes apply to just pre-pay or to Oystercard season tickets too.

Here's a link to an article in yesterday's Metro which attempts to show the 2006 fares "at a glance"

It's interesting that: "Almost 50 per cent of Tube journeys and 40 per cent of bus journeys are made using Oyster, but the majority of those are season tickets.

The Mayor wants to build on the success of Oyster by encouraging more passengers to use Oyster to pay as they go, making journeys quicker and easier
."

So what's the deal? Are the price reductions on Oystercard season tickets and Oystercard travelcards too which can also be used on National Rail stations in London? Or are the price reductions just on Oystercard Prepay (or pay as you go) which can't be used at most National Rail stations (see here for list of the few National Rail stations in London which use them - "In general Oyster Pre Pay is not valid on National Rail services.")?


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