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.