Boris has delivered on another of his pre-election promises. From the start of next year Oyster cards will be accepted on overground trains and Thames river services.
At last outer London commuters can take advantage of the lower fairs that are available to Oyster users. Livingstone’s policy of picking fights with the rail operators made for good headlines but didn’t deliver the Oyster improvements that Londoners needed.
Even the hyper critical Chair of the Assembly’s Transport Committee (Lib Dem, Caroline Pidgeon) seems impressed. “After repeated delays it is welcome that Oyster pay-as-you-go is finally being extended to all cover all National Rail services in London.” she said.