Cash free Trams Jun 6, 2018 13:01:19 GMT via mobile
Post by busenthusiast56 on Jun 6, 2018 13:01:19 GMT
I didn't say they had to adapt ticket machines.
I did actually read the report. I said some of the proposals from consultation respondents were worthy of wider consideration / implementation by TfL. Things like allowing people to go negative for one trip on the tram. TfL dismissed this by saying people had to have a receipt (as printed by bus ETMs). My reaction to this is "why?". If the validator beeps differently and gives a clear display what's the issue? Lots of bus passengers ignore the printed receipt anyway but seem to cope. No comment about adding Oyster ticket stops in some underserved areas. I've just had a quick look to see how many Oyster Ticket Stops there are from Lebanon Road to Fieldway within a short distance of Tramlink - answer is none. The area is devoid of such facilities. What do you do if your Oyster Card is out of money and, like me, you don't have a contactless bank card? The answer seems to be "dodge your fare" or "don't travel". Not sure either of those is remotely acceptable. I would have thought a staffed interchange like Addington Village could justify an Oyster top up machine. After all Brent Cross bus station has two such machines. No comment about more active promotion of the One Day Tram and Bus Pass and the fact it can be bought from ticket machines at rail stns that Tramlink also serves. I assume TfL don't want to promote it nor face higher commission costs for TOC sales. It remains to be seen if the extra publicity TfL promise will be sufficient.
I fully agree with adding oyster top up points on tram platforms. If you look at tram stops on the Wimbledon line again very few top up points. It’s an investment to secure growth on the network.