The shuck of the new

From tomorrow, weekly Travelcards will no longer be available from Overground ticket offices. Instead, passengers will need to use Oyster. Thanks to Endwell Andy (who hates Oyster) for the reminder.

12 comments:

Grump said...

Wasn't this from the 15th? It certainly was for monthly travelcards. Not looking forward to having to have an Oyster :-(

THNick said...

Can you get a rail only travelcard on oyster?

dim wit said...

For now...

https://www.southernrailway.com/smart-card/

headhunter said...

Brockley isn't on the map though

Jim Lad said...

For those of us who use daily travelcards can i recommend you buy a paperticket and give it away at the end of your commute.

AndyScorgie said...

The beef with Oyster is that It often fails to work properly, the number of times i walk through Brockley ticket office and see some poor sod dancing a jig of despair because TFL have turned all their credit in to a winegum and the "helpful" ticket office staff are busy telling them that there is nothing they can do about it. Who would willingly put themselves through that? However I managed to purchase a seven day point to point this morning so one can assume that whilst you cant buy one at the ticket office you can still get one from the machines outside.

sarah said...

that sounds like a touching in/out payg problem. happens to me about once a year. if you have a travelcard and you are travelling within your zones then you don't need to touch in and out.

Million dollar question said...

Any guesses for how much money TFL make each year by dipping into these electronic wallet Oyster cards to fine people who use the card incorrectly?

sarah said...

it's not a fine. and it's easy to use them correctly. also, they now automatically correct up to one touching in/out error per month if you reigister your card

terrencetrentderby said...

I'm sure the friendly station staff will be more than helpful.

TFL pickpockets Oyster said...

Fines? Shall we call them 'penalty fares' then?

Apparently £56m was charged in 2010, goodness knows how much it is now.

Evidence, perhaps, that it is quite easy for people to make a 'mistake'. TFL makes a lot of money out of customers in this way that was not the case with paper tickets.

I would like to see this money given back or spent specifically on improvements to the service. Some transparency is in order, the assumption that it is the customers fault and they are obliged to reclaim any penalties. TFL is not sufficiently held to account for the operational problems that result passengers being fined wrongly.

maisie_moo said...

I was very unimpressed with Oyster initially - got about three £4 penalty fares in the first month I used one, which was maybe 2 years ago. I haven't had a penalty since - it's a question of getting used to how you touch in/out, and making sure that you get a green light if the barrier is already open. The thing that totally converted me in the end (as a non-Travelcard user) was that you don't have to buy a ticket to a particular destination, you can jump on a train to Brockley/St John/Ladywell at will - and no queuing in rush hour.

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