MSE News: Save on London train travel with Oyster

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"The cheaper pay-as-you-go system has been extended to the entire rail network in the capital ..."

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  • Also be aware of Oyster Extension Permits (OEPs)... if you decide to travel outside your travelcard zone ... Seems like a bit of a mess there ...
  • poppy10_2poppy10_2 Forumite
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    Slightly off-topic, but why is London transport so expensive? Every other major city I've been to has had metro systems that cost half or less of the cost of a trip on the London Underground.
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    poppy10 wrote: »
    Slightly off-topic, but why is London transport so expensive? Every other major city I've been to has had metro systems that cost half or less of the cost of a trip on the London Underground.

    Because other major cities are happy or at least willing to pay a larger subsidy for their transport.
  • chris107chris107 Forumite
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    The downside of the Oyster introduction for some train services in London is the removal of the cheap day return and the introduction of peak travel times between 16.00 and 19.00. This means that travel into London in the early evening and return later will cost one peak single plus one off-peak single. The total cost is about 13% higher than before Oyster and with the cheap day return.
  • becky_rtwbecky_rtw Forumite
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    Ah I thought that - was costing up a trip to Hampton court which I did in the summer for £6.20 return - the cheapest I could get it now on paper ticket was £9.80 (roughly) return and a bit less on oyster - but the original off-peak return fare was definitely cheaper than both are now - that is proper crumby in my opinion!!!

    I was excited about this change but it just seems another smokescreen to put up fares :(
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    becky_rtw wrote: »

    I was excited about this change but it just seems another smokescreen to put up fares :(

    It was reported last year when season ticket rail fares where being reduced due to inflation, that unregulated rail fares like cheap day returns would go up in price to compensate.

    So even if Oyster had not been introduced the fares would have gone up.
    I'm not cynical I'm realistic :p

    (If a link I give opens pop ups I won't know I don't use windows)
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    MSE_Guy wrote: »
    "The cheaper pay-as-you-go system has been extended to the entire rail network in the capital ..."
    Cheaper? it's cheaper than buying individual tickets and it's cheaper than a one day Travelcard IF you don't hit the price cap, but otherwise a Travelcard for the appropriate zones with be cheaper - doubly so if you buy the Travelcard from a train station booking office to use with https://www.daysoutguide.com
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    olly300 wrote: »
    It was reported last year when season ticket rail fares where being reduced due to inflation, that unregulated rail fares like cheap day returns would go up in price to compensate.

    So even if Oyster had not been introduced the fares would have gone up.

    But the cheap day return has disappeared on that route :eek::eek:, so you can only buy a peak return or two singles!!! Thats just crazy...
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  • Sorry if I'm being a luddite, but why haven't customers been notified about this? And where does it apply?

    I live in zone 6 (Orpington) but don't recall seeing any Oyster swipe points at the station at all. Where can you see where this has been implemented and costs?
  • becky_rtwbecky_rtw Forumite
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    I was notified by email - have you registered your osyter?

    Here's the link in the email anyway:
    http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tickets/oysteronline/5823.aspx

    Hope it helps!
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