Trans­port cam­paign­ers want Oys­ter cards to go much fur­ther

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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%.

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