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Message started by pauly211 on Jan 8th, 2015 at 1:24pm

Title: Rail Fares from Riddlesdown up 35%
Post by pauly211 on Jan 8th, 2015 at 1:24pm
[smiley=angry.gif] Very angry that Boris Johnson has raised off peak rail fares from Riddlesdown to London by 35% to 12 from 2nd Jan. Off peak trains now empty and peak trains even more overcrowded. Please join me in protest by emailing local mp Richard Ottaway richard.ottaway.mp@parliament.uk. remember they are counting on your apathy!

Title: Re: Rail Fares from Riddlesdown up 35%
Post by Phil_Thomas on Jan 8th, 2015 at 3:00pm
Yes I noticed the Off Peak travel card had risen from 8.90 to 12, although the Peak (anytime) travel card is still 17.

However looking at the Tfl website it appears that flexible and part time travel with daily capping is more economical. Together with use of Oyster and Contactless. All very confusing!! http://www.tfl.gov.uk/campaign/new-fares-for-2015?intcmp=23318

I'll bring this to the attention of John Rapp our transport committee member and see what he suggests.

Title: Re: Rail Fares from Riddlesdown up 35%
Post by Phil_Thomas on Jan 9th, 2015 at 10:03am
This is the advice from the East Surrey Transport Committee, which the RRA are represented on by John Rapp:

From 2 January 2015 there has been a complete change to the prices and validity of Travelcards and the Peak and Off-peak Oystercard capping. This applies to Riddlesdown which is in Zone 6.

Travelcard :
The Peak all zones one day Travelcard remains at 17 valid from 04.30 to 04.29 the next day.

The Off-peak one day Travelcard goes up from 8.90 to 12 (a 34% increase) valid from 09.30 Monday to Friday to 04.29 the next day or all day Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.

Oyster Capping :
The present peak and off-peak caps are being replaced with one cap at 11.70 valid from 04.30 to 04.29 the next day Monday to Sunday.
This will apply to Contactless card as well.

Last July London buses went cashless and you can only use a bus with a Travelcard, Oystercard or a contactless bankcard.

New Bus & Tram Pass :
A New one day Bus &Tram pass costing 5.00 valid from 04.30 to 04.29 the next day. They can now be purchased from railway stations in the zones & Tram ticket machines (a paper ticket). Also from and ticket shops (a one day Oystercard) on the day or in advance.

The East Surrey Transport Committee, which the RRA are a member of, have written to London Mayor Boris Johnson complaining about this rise of 34% for off peak Travelcards and 38% on the off-peak Oystercard. Letter on this link http://www.riddlesdownresidents.org.uk/transport.html#A

The best solution appears to be, instead of using Travelcards, is to use Oyster or Contactless Bank Card where the daily cap will be 11.70 for both peak and off peak travel.


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