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Encyclopedia > Oyster card (pay as you go) on National Rail

The acceptance of Oyster Card (pay as you go) on National Rail in London, England has been limited to a restricted number of National Rail services[1] since the introduction of the stored-value product on London Underground in January 2004.[2] In response to an offer, from Transport for London, of funding to the train operating companies that have services within Greater London, there are currently various plans to expand its acceptance across the rail network in London.[3] This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... National Rail uses the BR double-arrow logo A typical National Rail station sign showing the double-arrow logo National Rail is a brand name of the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC). ... A stored-value card represents money on deposit with the issuer, and is similar to a debit card. ... The London Underground is an underground railway system - also known as a rapid transit system - that serves a large part of Greater London, United Kingdom and some neighbouring areas. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Transport For London (TfL) is a local government body responsible for most aspects of the transport system throughout Greater London in England. ... Greater London is the top-level administrative subdivision covering London, England. ...

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Background

The Oyster card was initially launched in 2003 with the facility to hold season-ticket Travelcards. These were accepted on both London Underground and National Rail services. In January 2004 a pay as you go product was launched for use on London Underground; but only a limited number of National Rail operators accepted the product on parts of their routes, usually because their tickets were interchangeable with London Underground ticketing, due to long-standing agreements. Transport for London (TfL) and National Rail publish lists and maps of routes and stations where pay as you go is valid.[4][1] Front and back of an early Oyster card. ... One Day Travelcard issued at a National Rail outlet A Travelcard is an inter-modal ticket, valid for a period of time varying from one day to a year, for use on most public transport in London. ... // Fare zones London Underground Day Travelcard London Underground uses Transport for Londons Travelcard zones to calculate fares, including fares for use on the Underground only. ... Transport For London (TfL) is a local government body responsible for most aspects of the transport system throughout Greater London in England. ...


In May 2006 TfL and the Department for Transport agreed a £20 million funding package for train operators to install the equipment necessary to accept pay as you go at all London stations.[5] The package was not taken up by any train operating companies and in September 2006, the South West Trains franchise was renewed by the Department for Transport with the condition that smartcard ticketing must be in place by 2009.[6] Also in September it was announced that the metro routes currently operated by Silverlink would come under the control of TfL and, from November 2007, Oyster card pay as you go would be accepted on those routes.[7] In the United Kingdom, the Department for Transport is the government department responsible for the transport network. ... South West Trains (SWT) is a train operating company operating in the United Kingdom, providing train services to the south-west of London, chiefly in Greater London and the counties of Surrey, Hampshire, Dorset, Devon, Somerset, Berkshire and Wiltshire (the area largely covered before 1923 by the London and South... Silverlink Trains is a regional franchise in the British railway system with routes in suburban London and from London to Northampton. ...


A necessary precursor of the acceptance of Oyster card (pay as you go) on rail services was the introduction of zonal single fares on the National Rail network in London; this was implemented in January 2007.[8] Also in January, the Mayor of London announced that he required operators to sign up by 31 January 2007 in order to receive the funding package offer.[9] c2c and Chiltern Railways accepted the deal and on 31 January 2007, a commitment was made by ATOC, in principle, that all other operators would eventually accept the pay as you go product.[3] According to ATOC, roll-out plans are subject to the installation of suitable ticket gates and back office equipment at all 330 stations. A 2009 date was set out for this to be finished by.[10] Ken Livingstone, the current Mayor of London The Mayor of London is an elected politician in London, United Kingdom. ... is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st Century. ... For other uses, see C2C. c2c is a train operating company that provides train services, on a franchise basis, on the London, Tilbury & Southend line from Fenchurch Street in the City of London to East London and the entire length of the northern Thames Gateway area including Basildon, Chafford Hundred... Chiltern Railways is a train operating company in England. ... is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st Century. ... External links Association of Train Operating Companies website UK Railcards National Rail Enquiries Categories: Rail stubs | Industry trade groups | Rail transport in Great Britain | Business and employer associations of the United Kingdom ...


Current Acceptance and Future Schedule

The acceptance of Oyster Card (pay as you go) on National Rail is in the progress of being implemented across the rest of the London Travelcard Area (being Zones 1-6 and A-D).


In October 2007, it was agreed by all National Rail Operators who operate services in London to implement the scheme by 2009 at the latest, as a result of both pressure from passengers and TfL. They are due to sign a contract with TfL worth £20 million to allow their use in National Rail stations in Greater London. This scheme however will not necessarily mean cheaper fares. As a result of this implementation, ticket barriers with readers will be installed at some National Rail stations whilst others will have stand alone readers. London Waterloo Station will have barriers installed from 2008 to prevent fare evasion[11]. At the present time, it is limited to a restricted number of National Rail services[1] since the introduction of the stored-value product on London Underground in January 2004.[2][3] External links Association of Train Operating Companies website UK Railcards National Rail Enquiries Categories: Rail stubs | Industry trade groups | Rail transport in Great Britain | Business and employer associations of the United Kingdom ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Transport for London (TfL) is responsible for the transport system of London, the capital city of the United Kingdom. ... National Rail uses the BR double-arrow logo A typical National Rail station sign showing the double-arrow logo National Rail is a brand name of the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC). ... National Rail uses the BR double-arrow logo A typical National Rail station sign showing the double-arrow logo National Rail is a brand name of the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC). ... Facade of Waterloo Station, London Waterloo is a major train station and transport interchange located in the Waterloo district of London, which was itself named after the Battle of Waterloo in which Napoleon was defeated near Brussels. ... National Rail uses the BR double-arrow logo A typical National Rail station sign showing the double-arrow logo National Rail is a brand name of the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC). ... A stored-value card represents money on deposit with the issuer, and is similar to a debit card. ... The London Underground is an underground railway system - also known as a rapid transit system - that serves a large part of Greater London, United Kingdom and some neighbouring areas. ...


As of October 2007, the current arrangement and planned implementation schedule is as follows: October 2007 is the tenth month of that year. ...

Operator 2004 implementation[2] Expansion implemented[1] Expansion planned
c2c Fenchurch Street to Upminster
Liverpool Street to Upminster via Barking
(not at Forest Gate or Maryland)
2007: Barking to Rainham[12]
2008: Upminster to Grays[12]
2008: Rainham to Grays[12]
Chiltern Railways Marylebone to Amersham
Marylebone to West Ruislip
(South Ruislip only intermediately)
2007: remaining stations within Greater London[13] [14]
TBC: to High Wycombe and Aylesbury[15]
First Capital Connect Kentish Town to London Bridge, Elephant & Castle or Moorgate
Finsbury Park to Moorgate or King's Cross

2007: Kentish Town to West Hampstead Thameslink[16]
2009: remaining stations[17] For other uses, see C2C. c2c is a train operating company that provides train services, on a franchise basis, on the London, Tilbury & Southend line from Fenchurch Street in the City of London to East London and the entire length of the northern Thames Gateway area including Basildon, Chafford Hundred... Chiltern Railways is a train operating company in England. ... First Capital Connect is a train operating company in England that began its passenger operations on the National Rail network at 02:00 BST 1 April 2006. ...

First Great Western 2009: all stations[18]
'one' Liverpool Street to Walthamstow Central
(not at intermediate stations)
Liverpool Street to Tottenham Hale
(not at intermediate stations)
Liverpool Street to Seven Sisters
(not at intermediate stations)
Liverpool Street to Stratford
2006: Stratford to Tottenham Hale[19]
2006: Stratford to Seven Sisters[19]
2008: intermediate stations[20]
2008: Walthamstow Central to Chingford[20]
2009: Stratford to Harold Wood[20]
2009: Seven Sisters to Enfield Town[20]
2009: Seven Sisters to Turkey Street[20]
2009: Tottenham Hale to Enfield Lock[20]
Silverlink Euston to Harrow and Wealdstone
(not at Kilburn High Road, South Hampstead or Silverlink County services at Wembley Central)
Gunnersbury to Richmond
Stratford to Canning Town (closed 2006)[1]
2007: remaining stations and to Watford Junction[21]
Southeastern TBC[13]
Southern TBC[13] [22]
South West Trains 2009: all stations[23]

First Great Western is the operating name of First Greater Western Ltd,[1] a British train operating company owned by FirstGroup, which operates services in the west and south west of England and South Wales. ... ‘one’ is the brand name of London Eastern Railway Ltd, which operates local, suburban and express services from London Liverpool Street in the City of London to East and North London, Essex, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and East Anglia, otherwise known as the Greater Anglia network. ... Silverlink Trains is a regional franchise in the British railway system with routes in suburban London and from London to Northampton. ... This article is about the company that began operations in April 2006. ... Southern is the latest name of the train operating company that took over from Connex South Central on the routes to South London, Surrey, and Sussex from Victoria and London Bridge. ... South West Trains (SWT) is a train operating company operating in the United Kingdom, providing train services to the south-west of London, chiefly in Greater London and the counties of Surrey, Hampshire, Dorset, Devon, Somerset, Berkshire and Wiltshire (the area largely covered before 1923 by the London and South...

See also

Front and back of an early Oyster card. ...

References

  1. ^ a b c d e National Rail - Oyster Pay As You Go (PAYG) on National Rail (PDF)
  2. ^ a b c Transport for London, Your Guide to Oyster, (2004)
  3. ^ a b c Transport for London - Train operators' Oyster acceptance welcomed
  4. ^ "Oyster Single Fares to pay as you go on National Rail Services in London", Transport for London. Retrieved on 2007-03-03. 
  5. ^ Government News Network (Department for Transport) - Transport Secretary and Mayor of London announce new deal for rail passengers
  6. ^ Government News Network (Department for Transport) - Department for Transport announces winner of South Western Franchise
  7. ^ Transport for London - Introducing London Overground - a new era for London Rail
  8. ^ Publictechnology.net - Smart rail ticketing in London a step closer with new Zonal fare structures
  9. ^ BBC News - Rail firms urged to accept Oyster
  10. ^ ATOC - ATOC’S position on Oyster pay-as-you-go and the offer by Transport for London
  11. ^ Oyster cards launched on rail BBC News
  12. ^ a b c c2c - c2c storms ahead with introduction of Oyster
  13. ^ a b c ITPro - London railways to use Oyster prepay
  14. ^ Transport for London - Mayor welcomes Oyster deal with Chiltern Railways
  15. ^ Chiltern Railways - Exciting times ahead for passengers using Chiltern Railways!
  16. ^ First Capital Connect - First Capital Connect - Meet the Directors
  17. ^ First Capital Connect - First Capital Connect to accept Oyster Card across network
  18. ^ First Great Western - First Great Western to accept Oyster Pay As You Go
  19. ^ a b Transport for London - National Rail services in London
  20. ^ a b c d e f 'one' - ‘one’ Railway to extend availability of Oyster Pay As You Go
  21. ^ Southern - Southern to introduce Oyster PAYG
  22. ^ The Londoner - South West Trains will accept Oyster within three years

 
 

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