London venues welcome overdue Oyster revamp
27-Nov-09by Annie Byrne
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 enthusiastic responses 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 exhibitors is well received.” 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 visitors.” 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.