Mainline train operator c2c has accepted the Mayor of London’s offer for funding to install Oyster equipment at their stations.
The company is the first to accept the offer of funding which the Mayor first offered in May 2006 to finance the technology to accept the pay as you go system to be bought and installed at every station in Zones 1-6.
Announcing the sale of the 10 millionth Oyster card Mayor Livingstone recently called on operators to accept the money before the offer is withdrawn on January 31st.
Mr Livingstone said c2c’s decision was “good news” which would allow “their passengers to get the full benefit of Oyster including pay as you go.”
The Mayor said the company’s decision showed “there is no justifiable reason why other train operating companies should not also accept my offer to pay them £20m to install Oyster equipment.”
c2c Managing Director Mark Hopwood said his company “very much welcome the convenience that Oyster offers our customers and are pleased to be at the forefront of its development on national rail in and beyond the greater London area.”
Mr Hopwood also said “discussions with TfL to extend this beyond the Greater London area boundary to Grays via both Purfleet and Ockendon are well advanced.”