Oyster Card Problem Means Free Travel This Morning

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 25 months ago
Oyster Card Problem Means Free Travel This Morning
Photo by Edwin Jones from the Londonist Flickr pool

Oops. The fares were meant to go up today, but nobody expected fares to be zero — a technical glitch means that Oyster readers aren't working so nobody can touch in or out.

Transport for London is working to fix the problem but until it's sorted, gatelines are open and it's a literal free for all (unless you already have a travelcard). The Guardian quotes a TfL spokesperson

We are experiencing technical issues with our Oyster card readers this morning. We are working extremely hard with our contractors to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. In the meantime, customers can continue to travel across the Tube, bus and rail networks. We apologise for this disruption.

"Apologise"? Don't: it's brilliant. Keep an eye on the TfL Ways to Pay Twitter account for updates.

Last Updated 03 January 2016


Will those who are in transit when the problem is fixed get slapped with a maximum fare? They'll touch out having not touched in. Or will the system account for this and guess their likely fare based on previous journies?