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Southern say yes to Oyster
Passengers on Southern trains can now use the Oyster pay-as-you-go system
Passengers on Southern trains can now use the Oyster pay-as-you-go system

Southern has confirmed it will be adopting the Oyster Pay-As-You Go system at stations across the overground train network which it operates.

The move is a victory for thousands of commuters who will now be able to make significant savings as they travel from south-west London to other parts of the capital.

The stations which will be upgraded with Oyster equipment include Streatham Hill, Tulse Hill, Streatham, West Norwood, Gipsy Hill, Crystal Palace and Streatham Common.

Trains from these stations, and many other surburban stops transport thousands of workers to mainline destinations including Victoria, Charing Cross, Clapham Junction and London Bridge every day.

A spokesman for the train company said: "Southern will be working with Transport for London to introduce Oyster Pay-As-You-Go.

"Southern is acutely aware of the benefits Oyster will bring to its passengers and is eager to deliver those benefits during the current franchise."

The news is also a success for our Fare's Fair campaign, which pressed for the card payment system used by millions of Londoners to be rolled out to more overground stops.

Southern's managing director Chris Burchell said: "We want to play our full part in making sure Londoners continue to get a more integrated transport network.

"There are still a number of outstanding issues that need to be discussed with TfL, but we do not believe these will prevent us making PAYG a reality on our network.

"We look forward to discussions with TfL on how we can make this happen as soon as possible for our passengers."

TfL had put up £20million of taxpayers' money for the company to pay for Oyster equipment, such as the barriers and swipe machines to be installed at stations.

But Southern held out until the deadline given to it by London Mayor Ken Livingstone, as it hoped for more cash to pay for the works.

Streatham MP Keith Hill said: "I would like to congratulate Southern whole-heartedly for leading the way among railway companies in working with Transport for London to find a way of allowing the use of Oyster pay-as-you-go at its stations.

"I know that as a regular Oyster card user myself, the adoption of pay-as-you-go will make using the rail network in South London so much more convenient and equitable."

What do you think? Post your comments below.

9:26am Saturday 3rd February 2007

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Posted by: Howie, west norwood on 12:34pm Fri 2 Feb 07
At last. Common sense has finally kicked in and the rail companies have acted on what passengers have been saying for months. I only hope there are not months of delays before the equipment is installed so I can use my Oyster card on my journey to and from work.
Posted by: kenny, balham on 1:12pm Sat 3 Feb 07
its about time train companies started to actually think of their passengers rather than their own greed
Posted by: Henry, Morden on 7:10pm Sat 3 Feb 07
This is the thin edge of the wedge. Once we have oysters on the overground, we will have young tearaways causing havoc and mayhem on the trains, just like they are doing on the buses, tubes and trams. They are traveling free, thanks to Mayor Ken, but we are all paying the price of their vandalism, graffiti, **** music from crappy mobiles etc!
Posted by: Suttoner on 2:58pm Sun 4 Feb 07
Magnificent spinning from Southern, as usual. They have done all they can to frustrate the implementation of Oyster Pay As You Go and, according to TFL's website, are still expressing reservations. Even Ken Livingstone says there is "some way to go before an agreement is reached".
Posted by: Babe, london on 2:07pm Thu 15 Feb 07
It is not possitive at all as this was a well planed government move in order to exercise surveillance over people and not respect their human right- privacy
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