And a quick reminder of those fare increases...
Here's a summary of the main points again, and you can read Tom's blog on the increases from October here.
Buses and Trams
- Oyster pay as you go fares increase by 10p to £1.30
- A single cash fare rises from £2 to £2.20
Tube, DLR, Overground
- The Zone 1 pay as you go fare rises by 10p to £1.90
- Oyster pay as you go fares travelling into Zone 1 in the evening rush hour are reduced to the off-peak rate
- The refundable deposit on a new Oyster card increased from £3 to £5.
- A Visitor Oyster card will cost £3.
One-Day Travelcards between Zones 2 and 6 are being withdrawn. Have a look at this picture I created to see which travelcard you will now need to buy:
Oyster Ticket Stops will no longer sell One Day Travelcards.
Maximum fare for not touching in/out
If you don't touch in and out on the Tube, DLR, London Overground and National Rail, you may be charged a maximum Oyster fare of up to £7.40.
Let me know what you think about the changes below.
Incidentally, travel overnight on New Year's Eve will be free, details on how to get about on our all singing/dancing travel guide.
Update: 4th January, 15.26
I had contact with a TfL spokesman since I posted the blog, who said...
Firstly, its important to note that the Z2-6 Travelcard was only used by a very small number of our customers - fewer than 6,000 passengers a day, including just 300 people during peak times. This is less than 0.2 per cent of the average 3.5 million journeys a day on the Tube.
Secondly, and importantly for Londoners and commuters, it is far cheaper to use Oyster pay as you go. For example, outside Z1, fares range from £1.30 to £2.50, therefore a passenger would need to make seven peak outside Z1 journeys to justify purchasing a Z1-6 Travelcard. Even so, Oyster will cap at the daily Travelcard price.