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Tom Edwards Tom Edwards | 09:58 UK time, Tuesday, 29 March 2011

The royal wedding Oyster card.

What do you think? Tacky? Regal?

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  • Comment number 1.

    Tacky; do you have to pay extra?
    Ok, so I'm not exactly a monarchist, but even if I were, I'm pretty sure I'd class something this tacky as way beyond barking; it's chugging steadily to Dagenham

  • Comment number 2.

    Really, Boris/TFL?

    The product itself looks okay enough, in a tacky souvenir kinda way. But where exactly is the need? Shouldn't we be concentrating on getting everything working properly, rather than spending money on little frivolities like this?

  • Comment number 3.

    What a ridiculous waste of TfL time and money.

  • Comment number 4.

    As bad and as tasteless as those awful Princess Diana plates. Cheap, tacky, and a complete waste of money when bus and tube users are facing record fare rises every year.

  • Comment number 5.


  • Comment number 6.

    The tourists will love it. (Is it April 1st?)

  • Comment number 7.

    Well I'm glad they have such nice teeth. Good dentistry and now pride of place on an Oyster card! Must be a dream come true.
    Well then! That's my life complete. I suppose I can hang around and wait for the not-at-all-pointless-waste-of-money cable car to be built and hurl myself from it into the raging Thames.


  • Comment number 8.

    I dare ASLEF to call one of their bank holiday strikes now.

  • Comment number 9.

    This is Tfl press release:

    Mayor unveils design of the Royal Wedding Oyster card

    · Limited edition Oyster card to commemorate the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton available in the week leading up to the Royal Wedding

    With one month to go until the nuptials of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Transport for London (TfL) today unveiled the design of the limited edition Royal Wedding Oyster card. The design features a portrait of the couple and the wedding date of 29 April 2011 and will be on sale in the week leading up to the ceremony.

    Around 750,000 Royal Wedding Oyster cards will be available while stocks last from all London Underground and London Overground stations and some National Rail ticket offices, as well as TfL Travel Information Centres. Regular commuters might want to collect the card as a souvenir, and for visitors to London during the celebrations the card will not only ensure they pay the cheapest fares for their journeys, it will also act as a reminder of their part in the Royal Wedding festivities.

    More than 80 per cent of all public transport journeys in London are made using an Oyster card and it is the world’s most popular travel smartcard, with more than 43 million cards issued since 2003. The limited edition Oyster card commemorating Prince William and Catherine Middleton’s marriage follows tradition as, in 1981, a unique ticket was also produced by TfL’s predecessor London Transport for the marriage of William’s parents, Charles and Diana.

    Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “Just as Royal Wedding fever starts to take hold in the city, this fantastic commemorative Oyster card is a great chance for Londoners and visitors to have a slice of the action as a fabulous memento of the happy day. I would also recommend the card to the happy couple as the cheapest, easiest way of getting around this city, especially as it bears their resemblance.”

    Peter Hendy, London’s Transport Commissioner, said: “London’s transport network will play a key role in helping people travel to the wedding celebrations, so it is appropriate that we commemorate the day with a limited edition Oyster card. This is the first time we have produced a limited edition Oyster card and I’m sure they will be a hugely popular souvenir of the day while ensuring Londoners and visitors get the cheapest fares for their journeys.”

    The £5 deposit and £5 minimum top-up will apply as normal for the limited edition card and it will be available from 21 April 2011.

    Using Oyster, passengers only need one card to travel on all public transport across London, including National Rail services operating within the Capital. Oyster pay as you go customers are always reminded to touch in and out at the start and end of every journey to ensure they pay the correct fare.


    Notes to Editors:

    The design of the limited edition Royal Wedding Oyster card is attached in jpeg form.
    For National Rail customers, the limited edition Royal Wedding Oyster card will only be available at stations where they can currently get an Oyster card.
    For visitors to London, Visitor Oyster cards (without the Royal Wedding design) can be purchased via the TfL website and delivered across the UK or internationally, before arriving in London

  • Comment number 10.

    People, people, people! It's not about the souvenir value, it’s all about the MONEY!

    You see, an extra £5 x 750,000 Oyster cards would give TfL something to commemorate… £3.75M sitting in their bank account gaining interest, after all, who uses their ‘souvenirs’ on a daily basis!

    Remember, when the going gets tough, the tough go shopping, so dig deep, your Local Transport Authority needs YOU!

  • Comment number 11.

    The point is that if many people keep these as souvenirs as TfL think they would, TfL may make several million from this. Thats assuming TfL didnt pay millions to produce this!

  • Comment number 12.

    Horribe, ghasty, tacky, tasteless and a waste of money - and I am a staunch Royalist. The cost of producing them could have been well spent elsewhere.

  • Comment number 13.

    ificanucan - that is so cynical.! HOWEVER when I mentioned the same figure to insiders at Tfl a few days ago - they didn't actually deny it was a revenue raiser. Next up - multiple Olympics oyster cards - each in an Olympic colour. I joke not.


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