Railcard integration with Oyster and contactless

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-12-17
Session date: 
December 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/5085
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

What plans are there to enable Network Railcards and Family and Friends Railcards to be registered to Oyster or contactless cards so that the Railcard discount is applied automatically when appropriate?

Answer

Answer for Railcard integration with Oyster and contactless

Answer for Railcard integration with Oyster and contactless

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am very keen to continue improving ticket integration and I know TfL is keen to support that, wherever feasible.

In the case of the Network Railcard, while TfL is keen for this to happen, the Train Operating Companies are unwilling to consider an additional Oyster discount - even though it could be limited automatically to apply at the weekends only.

In the case of the Family and Friends Railcard, TfL and the Train Operating Companies have considered this but concluded that automatic application of the discount is impossible. This is because the holder of this Railcard is not automatically entitled to a discount - only when travelling as a Family or with a Friend.