Mark Rimmell (markrimmell) wrote,
Mark Rimmell

Second rant of the day...

Confusion on the trains caused by Oyster cards.

Last night on the way up to London the ticket inspector came round. Once again people were were trying to use Oyster cards from Richmond on Southwest Trains to Waterloo. Oyster cards are a bit of a mystery to me and the only time they come to my notice is when someone is having a problem with one. The inspector was getting a little pissed off with all the people not understanding that they couldn't use their cards on the service. The guy next to me said he'd read you could use your oyster card from Richmond now. Well to cut a long story short, the confusion (there's been a lot of it) is down to the renaming of the North London line to "London Overground". For as long as I can remember people in London have made the distinction between the tube and what was British Rail above ground suburban services by calling it the "overground". So when they announced "you can now use your Oyster Card on "London Overground" people took it to mean all none tube lines running a suburban service into and out of London. This was explained to the inspector by another passenger who spoke with some authority on the subject even name dropping Senior management of 2 rail companies.

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