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Oyster Arrives at Hertford North

Wednesday 3 April 2019

Oyster and contactless payments have arrived at Hertford North, Bayford and Cuffley, with cheaper fares for all single and most return journeys to London Terminals on weekdays.

(Left to right) Great Northern's Area Manager Mark Powell, Hertford Mayor Cllr Beryl Wrangles, Town Clerk Joseph Whelan and Station Manager Duncan Primrose celebrate the arrival of pay as you go travel.

Great Northern’s parent company Govia Thameslink Railway has worked with Transport for London (TfL) and the Department for Transport to extend the system to the three Hertfordshire stations. Besides the installation of card readers, at least half of the ticket machines at each station have also been converted to allow customers to top up their Oyster card. Customers can also use the free TfL app to top up their Oyster card and to check their balance and journey history on the go.

To mark the arrival of the new benefits, representatives of Hertford Town Council visited Hertford North Station today to be welcomed by station staff as the first official contactless users through the gates.

A Council spokesman said: "This extension of Pay as you go for these three stations is a great success that will help passengers in our local communities save time and money; it’s good news for the travelling public.”

Alex Foulds, Business Improvement Director for Great Northern’s parent company Govia Thameslink Railway, said: “On behalf of our passengers we are delighted to introduce the extra choice and convenience of TfL’s pay as you go, with many lower fares for our passengers at Hertford North, Bayford and Cuffley.”

Shashi Verma, Chief Technology Officer at Transport for London said: “We are delighted that, working with the DfT and Great Northern, we have now been able to expand Oyster and contactless to cover services to Hertford North. Pay as you go with contactless and Oyster has helped revolutionise travel on Tube, rail and bus services across London, making them more convenient for all. We are now working with the DfT and train operating companies on expanding pay as you go to more stations across the GTR network later this year.”

Although this extension of pay as you go does not include Travelcards, TfL’s daily price cap will apply, so passengers going on to make one or more journeys within the pay as you go area will pay little or no more than the cost of a paper Day Travelcard, and in the case of Cuffley, considerably less. Monday to Sunday weekly capping will also be available to contactless customers, meaning regular users will never be charged more than an equivalent seven-day paper Travelcard.

The full range of paper tickets remains available so that customers can still benefit from discounts and offers that are not available with pay as you go. At weekends, super off-peak paper tickets will remain cheaper than the pay as you go fare.

Season tickets from these stations will not be available on Oyster and there are no changes to season ticket fares.

Oyster and contactless payments were introduced at Hertford East in October 2015.

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