Zone 1-2 Travelcard

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-02-26
Session date: 
February 26, 2014
Reference: 
2014/1215
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

I have been asked put the following question to you by a member of the public via the Suggest a Question portal.

"Why has the 1-2 zone Day Travelcard been made redundant? This means a city traveller or worker like myself who needs the public transport to visit numerous locations has to buy a 1-6 Travelcard at a cost of £8.90. That's an increase of almost £2 on the original fee.

"Not only is this ridiculously expensive given that we already have the single most expensive tube network in the world but it's simply not practical. Zones 1-2 covers the majority of the central London network and is practical for local users who need to expense business travel. I find it also quite troubling that unsuspecting tourists will get hammered for almost £9.00 per person per day for travel in the scenic zone. A family of four could spend over £30 per day just to use our transport system!"

Answer

Answer for Zone 1-2 Travelcard

Answer for Zone 1-2 Travelcard

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The withdrawal of the off-peak zone 1-2 Travelcard was part of a package of changes made in January under which all the PAYG one day fare caps were retained and frozen in price.

Using Oyster PAYG in this way is a better prospect for your constituent, as the current Oyster PAYG cap for zones 1-2 during the off-peak is £7.00, compared to last year's off-peak zone 1-2 Travelcard which cost £7.30. By simply switching from a Travelcard to Oyster PAYG, your constituent will save approximately £2 per day.

This is a perfect example of how we have made the fares structure simpler and as affordable as possible for Londoners.

For families visiting London, you will know that children under 11 travel for free at all times, whereas children between 11 - 15 can purchase a zone 1 - 6 Travelcard for £3.60. Alternatively, if they have a Zip card, the cost of an all zones off-peak cap is £1.50: and these can be purchased in advance from the TfL website.

Given the scale and convenience of the London public transport network, these prices and options, particularly for under 16s, represent excellent value.