Transport campaigners want Oyster cards to go much further
A CAMPAIGN group has urged the Government to extend Transport for London’s (TfL) control of rail services to outer London areas and to offer Oyster cards to the suburbs.
The Campaign for Better Transport has backed TfL’s bid to take control of suburban rail routes, saying it would bring “reliable services” and “fairer fares”.
TfL has submitted it’s bid to the Department for Transport to take over management of outer London rail services from a number of current operators.
If accepted the proposal would extend the Oyster card scheme and a “turn-up-and-go” service for disabled passengers.
Public transport campaigner at the Campaign for Better Transport, Lianna Etkind, said: “We know passengers want frequent, reliable services, fairer, simpler fares, and modern, fully staffed stations.
“London Overground is a success story we want to see replicated across the Capital to ensure the city’s transport links can cope with its growing population and deliver economic benefits to more Londoners.
“The Government should accept TfL’s offer and start the process next month to transfer southeast London services to London Overground.”
According to the group, delays have decreased by 30% since TfL took over London Overground in 2007, and customer satisfaction has increased 18%.