|New Oyster deal for rail passengers
TfL enable stations in Zones 1-6 to accept Oyster cards
Transport for London has agreed to pay for Oyster machines be provided for all London rail stations in Zones 1 - 6 in a deal that will benefit London's rail passengers. This offers train companies the opportunity to accept Oyster pay-as-you go products on their services.
It could mean that stations on the Hounslow Loop such as Chiswick and Brentford as well as those on the North London line like South Acton, Kew Bridge and Acton Central will accept Oyster cards.
Ken Livingstone said, "The extension of Oyster from just sixty rail stations to over three hundred under this agreement marks a massive step towards a fully integrated ticketing system in London, enabling passengers to move easily between rail, tube, DLR, tram and bus using an Oyster card and without having to buy separate tickets."
The introduction of Oyster technology could start this year at gated stations and once worked through with train operators, Oyster pay-as-you-go could be available at National Rail stations in London during 2008. Currently there only 60 out of a total of 310 London National Rail stations where passengers can use Pay-as-you-go.
May 12, 2006