Oyster card officially extended to Potters Bar

PUBLISHED: 13:06 29 August 2019 | UPDATED: 15:26 29 August 2019

MP for Welwyn Hatfield Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary, and MP for Hertsmere Oliver Dowden, Paymaster General, open Oyster at Radlett Station. Picture: Supplied.

MP for Welwyn Hatfield Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary, and MP for Hertsmere Oliver Dowden, Paymaster General, open Oyster at Radlett Station. Picture: Supplied.

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It has been officially confirmed today that you can use your pay-as-you-go Oyster cards at Potters Bar station.

MP for Hertsmere Oliver Dowden, Paymaster General, at Potters Bar Station. Picture: Supplied.MP for Hertsmere Oliver Dowden, Paymaster General, at Potters Bar Station. Picture: Supplied.

It has been officially confirmed today that you can use your pay-as-you-go Oyster cards at Potters Bar station.

MP for Hertsmere, Oliver Dowden, was joined by Welwyn Hatfield MP and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps at Radlett Station to officially mark the arrival of Oyster and contactless cards to both Radlett and Potters Bar stations.

The system is now fully online and operational for passengers to use and is aimed at being the cheapest method for of travel for passengers that like to turn up and go.

Mr Dowden says getting Oyster further up the track has been one of his key priorities since he was elected in 2015.

Radlett Station Manager Marc Asamoah, Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps, Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office Oliver Dowden, GTR's Chief Operating Officer Steve White and Hertsmere Councillor Cynthia Barker at Radlett station. Picture: Supplied.Radlett Station Manager Marc Asamoah, Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps, Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office Oliver Dowden, GTR's Chief Operating Officer Steve White and Hertsmere Councillor Cynthia Barker at Radlett station. Picture: Supplied.

He says he has been continually pressing the need for it to be made operational as soon as possible.

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"I know how important the extension of Oyster and contactless cards has been to people in Potters Bar and I am delighted that my long campaign to see it brought to the town has finally come to a successful end."

Passengers using pay as you go with contactless or Oyster from Potters Bar and Radlett will also benefit from daily capping, which will apply for travel to, from and within Zones 1-6.

David Gornall, GTR's Commercial Director, said: "We have worked closely with Transport for London and the Department for Transport to realise this ambition and look forward to further expansion of pay as you go later this year."

However contactless pay as you go will only be coming as far as Brookmans Park for now, and other Welwyn Hatfield passengers will have to wait for the roll out in other areas.

Mr Shapps said: "This helps make travel cheaper, easier to purchase and means more flexible and convenient journeys for passengers on a modern transport service. Our smart ticketing roll-out is also set to benefit passengers at Luton Airport and Welwyn Garden City later this year."

Pay-as-you-go rail fares with Oyster and contactless cards or devices arrived at Cuffley, as well as Hertford North and Bayford, in April 2019 and will soon be extended further into Hertfordshire by Govia Thameslink Railway.

A spokeswoman for Govia said this week, "Pay as you go by contactless card is expected to be coming to be coming to Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield by the end of 2019."

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