Commuters and visitors to
London will be
able to use the Oyster travel card on the city’s overland rail networks by early next
year, a decision met by
from the capital’s event venues.
The £40m investment,
announced by London Mayor Boris Johnson, is set to revolutionise London travel and allow
passengers to use the Oyster card across the London Underground, bus, Thames
Clipper river boat and rail network.
“This is a great idea and
should have been introduced a long time ago,” says communications manager at the
Business Design Centre, Carly Melzack. “Transport links are always important to
event organisers, and anything that makes travelling easier for visitors and
delegates is well
Commercial director for
EC&O venues, Anna Golden, adds: “Both Earls Court and Olympia boast transport links which include London Underground and
mainline train services. We actively encourage the use of public transport as
part of our sustainability programme and welcome any initiative that enhances
transport services for both organisers and
One concern raised was that travellers
may be charged more for using a rail service instead of the Underground. The
mayor’s transport advisor, Kulveer Ranger, said final details were being checked
before the plan is implemented officially.