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c2c storms ahead with introduction of Oyster


17 January 2007

c2c, part of the National Express Group and the most punctual commuter railway in the country is giving its customers something else to smile about.

c2c, part of the National Express Group and the most punctual commuter railway in the country is giving its customers something else to smile about. From later this year Oyster pre-pay - already available at c2c stations between Fenchurch Street and Upminster - will be extended to Dagenham Dock and Rainham. But c2c's determination to improve the travel experience for its customers does not stop there. The company is already working with TfL to extend Oyster outside the London area and plans to have it available at Purfleet, Grays, Chafford Hundred and Ockendon by the summer of 2008.

Commenting on this exciting development c2c Managing Director Mark Hopwood said: We have accepted Oyster pre-pay on c2c since January 2005 between Fenchurch Street and Upminster. We have now agreed with TfL to extend Oyster pre-pay to Dagenham Dock and Rainham as soon as TfL is able to provide the necessary equipment. Meanwhile discussions with TfL to extend this beyond the Greater London area boundary to Grays via both Purfleet and Ockendon are well advanced.

We very much welcome the convenience that Oyster offers our customers and are pleased to be at the forefront of its development on national rail in and beyond the greater London area.

Mayor Ken Livingstone said: This is extremely good news and will bring real benefits to the commuters who use these services. I welcome c2c's decision to adopt Oyster at their stations allowing their passengers to get the full benefit of Oyster including pay as you go.

"This represents a unique opportunity for passengers to benefit from the convenience and cheaper travel available through Oyster, and a fully integrated ticketing system in London."

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