Oyster card setback for Welwyn Hatfield and Potters Bar

PUBLISHED: 14:31 06 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:31 06 November 2017

Oliver Dowden and Grant Shapps

Oliver Dowden and Grant Shapps

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Welwyn Hatfield and Potters Bar's hopes for an Oyster extension have suffered a setback after the Rail Minister provided a non-committal update.

Residents in both patches had rejoiced after plans to extend the system by the end of 2018 had be confirmed by previous Rail Minister Claire Perry.

However, after Tory MP Grant Shapps sought an update from her successor, Paul Maynard MP, he was surprised to receive a non-committal response.

In a joint follow-up letter from Tory MPs Mr Shapps and Oliver Dowden, the pair branded any U-turn on the extension “completely unacceptable”.

The letter reads: “Your response to the Written Parliamentary Question appears to fall well short of the previous commitment.

“You explain that it is for train companies to bring forward their proposals, and the Department will consider any proposals which are not detrimental to the franchise.

“As far as our constituents are concerned, a commitment to extend the Oyster zone to Welwyn Garden City has already been made.

“To go back on it now would clearly by completely unacceptable.”

The pair go on to demand “urgent clarification” and an update on when the system will be extended.

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