The Travelcard is dead: TfL announce end after 40 years

The one-day travelcard will be no more as the plug is pulled after consultation earlier this year.

What was once an open door to use all means of transport in the capital has fallen away in popularity since firstly the Oyster card with caps begun, and then contactless cards.

These measures have however seen controversy from those outside London who use it when attached to a railway ticket to the capital.

Many remaining Travelcards now used by people travelling into London by rail

TfL state that they cannot afford to pay for after a recent financial agreement with the Department for Transport.

The DfT have demanded £500 million in annual savings as part of previous funding agreements and TfL estimate it will save £40 million through the measure.

Contactless and Oyster will be only option on buses

Sadiq Khan has left the door open for the DfT to help with funding daily tickets.

Longer period Travelcards covering a week or month will remain from 2024.

Yet those one-day tickets which offered the keys to the city for so many will now be no more.

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6 thoughts on “The Travelcard is dead: TfL announce end after 40 years

  • Oyster Card
    Best thing since sliced bread

  • The back of house technology for the Oyster card has reached its limits.

    Contactless bank cards are the way forward.

  • Smartphones with NFC rule!

  • Another revenue loss for London. Tourism will lose out on the withdrawal of the travel card because of political fighting

  • It’s progress I guess 🤷‍♂️

  • The discontinuation of the Travelcard, a staple in London’s public transportation system for 40 years, marks a significant shift in the way commuters access the city’s services. While it’s understandable that Transport for London (TfL) seeks to streamline their ticketing system, the end of the Travelcard has left many commuters feeling nostalgic and concerned about the transition. The Travelcard was not just a convenient way to access buses, trams, the Underground, and more; it symbolized the convenience and versatility of London’s transit network. As technology advances and contactless payment options become the norm, the end of the Travelcard reminds us of the constant evolution of urban transportation. Change can be difficult, but it also represents progress.


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