Shoreditch Moves Into Zone 1

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Take your last look at Shoreditch: zone 2 / image by diamond geezer under a Creative Commons licence

A couple of bits of transport news filtered out of south-east London in the last week or so: the proposed Victoria-Bellingham service has been scrapped in the wake of the East London Line Extension Phase 2. The current London Bridge-Victoria, via south London suburbs, service won’t be possible when London Bridge starts its Thameslink work, so the Bellingham service was supposed to reduce overcrowding between Denmark Hill and East Dulwich. But it’s been sacrificed to the great gods of ELL funding – London Reconnections has the full story.

Another insidious little move is that the new Shoreditch High Street station will be in Zone 1 – the only station on the new ELL in the expensive central zone. The DfT has confirmed (PDF, sorry) that the zoning is purely for financial reasons: “it was suggested that the additional [sic] of the new Shoreditch High Street to Zone 1 would reduce the revenue loss to national rail operators associated with East London Line Phase 1 implementation and also East London Line Phase 2″.

We know the new Shoreditch station is a couple of hundred yards away from the old one, but this TfL leaflet from 2007 (another PDF) clearly shows it in zone 2. There isn’t even going to be an interchange to other lines, so all it’s doing is penalising anyone who wants to travel between north-east and south-east London. We appreciate the money for Phase 2 had to come from somewhere, but we don’t appreciate such a cynical move – and not mentioning it when the original ‘Phase 2 is go’ announcement came out.

So there you have it: when it comes to transport, TfL and the government giveth and they taketh away.

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  • Dave

    To be fair, as annoying as the move to Zone 1 is, the location for Shoreditch High Street station is pretty damned ‘central’ – more-or-less just at the top of Bishopsgate and mere yards away from the (proper) Congestion Charging zone. So it’s not exactly a major distortion of geography to put it in Zone 1.

    Having said that, the DfT admitting that the re-zoning has taken place for revenue purposes is a bit of a cock-up. Silly – they should have kept quiet about that.

    • markle

      Wasn’t the whole point of the Overground to create a ‘outer circle’ which would provide passengers with a choice – travel via central London and pay more, or travel on the outer loop, maybe take a bit longer, and pay less?

      Methinks TfL haven’t been able to find a way to solve the problem as to how to tell which route someone on Oyster PAYG has used, and this is the cop out.

      • londona729

        They have no with the pink validators!

    • http://londona729.blogspot.co.uk/ londona729

      A bit of honesty doesn’t do anyone harm!

  • Grr

    Bloody annoying indeed!!

  • Grr

    Bloody annoying indeed!!

  • londona729

    Yet another move by TfL to raise more cash!