Boris bows to protests

London Mayor to support station re-zoning.

Mr Johnson said, "I have now written both to Ed Davey and the Secretary of State expressing my support for this campaign and I shall be happy to raise the issue at my forthcoming summit with the train companies."

However, he went on to say that he has no formal powers regarding re-zoning and that, "Given the way the National Rail train franchising system operates, it is SWT that must formally propose any change to the way these stations are zoned and then seek the agreement of the other London train companies, and the consent of the Secretary of State for Transport and of TfL."


The next step in the campaign to re-zone Kingston and Surbiton stations which could save commuters hundreds of pounds, has been achieved says Edward Davey, MP for Surbiton and Kingston.

Mr Davey will now meet with TfL to discuss the next steps but he warned the news had come too late to head off the potential rise in season ticket fares expected in January 2009.


How much of an impact is this going to have, really?

I mean, at the moment I buy a travel card each month for zones 1-6 since i work out in canary wharf and travel from surbiton (obviously). This costs me £172 (ish). So two questions really:

1) is there a cheaper way to get from surbiton to the city - am i forking out £172 needlessley?
2) will the cost difference of moving from zone 6 to 5 REALLY make a dent in our already credit-crunched wallets?

Thats all.

So the next step is to write to SWT and ask them to propose the change that is supported by both the local MP and the Mayor of London... Anyone have the address we need?

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