London Mayor Boris Johnson yesterday announced the rollout of Oyster capability across all National Rail services within the capital.
As of 2 January 2010, Oyster pay-as-you-go cards will be accepted on all overground journeys within the six London travel zones. Additionally, they can now be used on all Thames Clipper River services.
Speaking at Balham station alongside transport secretary Lord Adonis, Boris said: “I am delighted to be able to announce that the Oysterisation of all London’s commuter rail services is to become a reality. It truly will be the only ticket Londoners need to get around town.”
The news will be of particular benefit to commuters living in areas such as Lewisham and Croydon, where Oyster cards are not currently accepted on the majority of rail services.
An agreement struck between rail companies will see Oyster pay-as-you-go accepted on all Greater London services operated by Chiltern, National Express East Anglia, London Midland, First Great Western, First Capital Connect, Southern, Southeastern and South West Trains.
London’s Transport Commissioner, Peter Hendy, said: “This is excellent news, particularly for people living south of the river.
“We have invested £40m to install or upgrade equipment at every train station in London to deliver Oyster on National Rail. We have worked tirelessly with the Association of Train Operating Companies, the operators and the Department of Transport and are delighted to have delivered this for the benefit of Londoners.”