Transport for London (TfL) has announced that as part of the franchise award to Abellio of the Greater Anglia national rail service Oyster pay as you go acceptance will be extended to key stations along the line.
This includes: Theobalds Grove, Waltham Cross, Cheshunt, Brentwood, Shenfield, Broxbourne, Rye House, St Margarets, Ware and Hertford East.
The franchise, announced by the Department for Transport, is due to begin in February 2012.
The roll-out of Oyster pay as you go to all commuter rail services within Greater London in 2010 was a ‘huge success’ and over 2.5 million journeys a week are now made using Oyster on National Rail.
Discussions have been ongoing with all of the train operating companies about extending the acceptance of Oyster beyond the Greater London Travelcard area where it makes sense to do so, and the Greater Anglia service is the first of these to be confirmed.
Shashi Verma, TfL’s Director of Customer Experience, said:
“This is great news for commuters coming in to London from further out along the national rail network.
“Instead of swapping between tickets once they arrive in London, Greater Anglia commuters will be able to pay for all of their travel using the ease and convenience of Oyster.
“We look forward to working with Abellio on getting Oyster up and running at their key stations in the new year.”
Pay as you go with Oyster not only charges the lowest fares in nearly every case but also saves time, as there is no need to queue to buy a ticket, passengers simply top up their card at any suitable ticket machine or online.
TfL is only responsible for setting the Oyster pay as you go fares on its own services.
The fares for using Oyster on National Rail, both in London and beyond the London borders, will continue to be the responsibility of the train company.
The costs of extending Oyster, including the installation of readers, will be met by Abellio.