Hertfordshire County Council has welcomed news delivered today from the Mayor of London and Rail Delivery Group that plans to withdraw the daily travelcard have been scrapped.
At a meeting of Full Council on Monday 17 October, consideration was given to the withdrawal of the daily travelcard and a motion was moved to call for the Mayor and Transport for London to scrap their proposals while also requesting that Hertfordshire railway stations be placed into Zone 6, allowing for cheaper travel into the capital. This motion had cross-party agreement.
Each year over two million daily travelcards are sold from Hertfordshire railway stations, allowing travellers into London to switch to the national rail network, the London Underground or buses within the capital using just one ticket.
The proposal to withdraw the card would have required travellers using public transport to use a train ticket and then either their debit/credit cards or contactless Oyster to continue their journey, increasing costs by an estimated seven percent.
Leader of Hertfordshire County Council, Councillor Richard Roberts said: “The news that daily travelcards will no longer be scrapped is welcome and I’m pleased that our representations on behalf of our residents, along with others across the county and beyond, have been listened to.
“This will come as a relief to the many Hertfordshire commuters who travel into the capital for work and leisure. Had these plans progressed, residents would have seen increased costs at a time when family finances are already being squeezed.”
“Now that the daily travelcard is safe we will continue to lobby the Mayor of London and Transport for London on behalf of residents for stations in Hertfordshire to be rezoned into London’s Zone 6, recognising our proximity to the capital and hopefully leading to a much-needed reduction in fares.”
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