Visit London Asks: How Will Oysterisation Improve Your Journey?

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Oyster CardDo you have a Pay As You Go Oyster card? Do you have to get a separate ticket when you travel on the trains to see friends out in places like Earlsfield?

Does it get a bit annoying?!

We’ve got good news for you! From 2 January, you’ll be able to use your Pay As You Go Oyster on National Rail services within Greater London. If you frequently travel across South and North East London, this is going make a nice difference to your journeys.

So, from 2 January, Oyster Pay As You Go will be accepted on all Greater London services operated by:

  • Chiltern
  • National Express East Anglia
  • London Midland
  • First Great Western
  • First Capital Connect
  • Southern
  • Southeastern
  • South West Trains

Oyster Pay As You Go will also be accepted on c2c services in Greater London as well as Grays, Chafford Hundred, Purfleet and Ockendon stations in Essex.

Even better, Oyster Pay As You Go will be accepted on all Thames Clipper River services from today. (We’ve already seen a Thames Clipper with a big Oyster flag making its way under Tower Bridge this morning.) The river is a hugely underused form of transport; hopefully this change in the ticketing will rectify that.

Download the new map showing the “Oysterisation” of London! Oyster Rail Services London January 2010

Does this make a difference to your journeys? Let us know!


  1. MD says:

    This is, of course, good news. However, the time when journeys further out of my travel comfort zone are usually made are at the weekend. Anybody that has travelled at the weekend, will know that it is very hard to get anywhere these days without a Masters Degree in Rail Replacement Buses in 21st Century London. The world may be your Oyster but London at the weekend makes many people crabby.

  2. paul says:

    The question is, I wonder if the boat will now be cheaper now that it’s oyster or will the prices remain the same?

    • Zoe J. Griffiths says:

      Here’s what the deal is with prices:

      “You get a 10% discount on the standard adult cash fare for single journeys on Thames Clippers.”

      So that’s 10% off anything between £3.20 and £5.30. I wonder if its still cheaper to travel by tube / train…

  3. Claire says:

    I also have friends in Earlsfield and it’ll be such a relief not to have to line up at Waterloo during peak hour to buy a ticket now. I even got fined once because I risked it when couldn’t face the queue, d’oh!

  4. London Forum says:

    While I applaud the idea and ease of use of the oyster card I do question the problem of data protection. It seems that everyone knows everything about anyone these days.

    • Zoe J. Griffiths says:

      The usual response to this, of course, is that most people don’t mind “oyster”, “tfl”, “big brother” or whoever knowing where they are, cos they have nothing to hide…!