And would you like Oysters Sir?

The increase in coverage for Pay as You Go Oystercard holders is great news (it would have been better if SE London was in the first tranche, but you can’t have everything).

This move will mainly benefit people in outer London who make occasional trips into the centre of town. The one off non Oystercard prices are punitive and it is little surprise that many people in this group use their cars for much, if not all, of the journey.

Livingstone’s relationships with the train companies wasn’t good and this prevented the roll out of Oystercard readers across the surface rail networks, Boris’ less confrontational approach seems to be getting more done.

You don’t have to pick fights in order to win battles.

4 responses to “And would you like Oysters Sir?

  1. Is there any evidence that Boris has made a difference here? Was this not an announcement that could not be made during the election campaign and follows the success of Livingstone with five previous rail companies?Does Boris want to follow Ken’s lead and take direct control (via TfL) of south London services with the 2010 franchise renegotiations? Do you have a view on who should run the franchises?

  2. Is there any evidence that Boris has made a difference here? Was this not an announcement that could not be made during the election campaign and follows the success of Livingstone with five previous rail companies?Does Boris want to follow Ken’s lead and take direct control (via TfL) of south London services with the 2010 franchise renegotiations? Do you have a view on who should run the franchises?

  3. OT but is there anywhere on the internet where one can watch the Mayor’s report to the Assembly or the AGMs? Had a look on the GLA website but I couldn’t see any London equivalent of HolyroodTV or SeneddTV.

  4. OT but is there anywhere on the internet where one can watch the Mayor’s report to the Assembly or the AGMs? Had a look on the GLA website but I couldn’t see any London equivalent of HolyroodTV or SeneddTV.

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