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Campaigners welcome Gatwick Oyster card extension but question lack of smart ticketing for all rail passengers

11 January 2016

Campaign for Better Transport has responded to the Department for Transport’s announcement that from today passengers can use pay as you go Oyster and contactless payment for travel between Gatwick airport and London.

Oyster cards and contactless payment will be available on Southern, Gatwick Express and Thameslink services and passengers who use Horley, Salfords, Earlswood, Redhill and Merstham rail stations will also benefit from these new methods of payment.

Martin Abrams, Public Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport, said:

“The long overdue expansion of the Oyster network to include Gatwick is good news for commuters and people travelling to and from the airport for their annual holiday and they will be pleased to see that this is finally happening. Passengers using their Oyster card or contactless payment to travel on these routes will now see the real benefit of a more flexible and simple way to pay for their ticket to travel by rail.

“However, it shouldn’t only be passengers who travel around London that benefit from smart ticketing and it is high time the Government stuck to its promise and introduced Oyster style smart ticketing across the whole rail network.The technology has existed in London and in much of Europe for well over 10 years now and the Government and train operators must answer why it is taking so long to roll out a simple, flexible smart ticketing system fit for the 21st century that gives all passengers a good deal.”

ENDS

For further information please contact:

James MacColl at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773468 or james.maccoll@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to editors

  1. The Government's announcement 'Transport Secretary visits Gatwick Airport to launch Oyster and contactless payments' can be viewed here.
  2. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929)

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