Oyster Card validity clarification for UH students and others.Watch
The Oystercard is NOT unfortunately currently validat either Hatfield or St. Albans, as these stations fall outside - just-the TfL zones. I have heard it so many times it will be extended to St. Albans/ Luton & Hatfield / Welwyn/Stevenage etc. that I `ll believe so when it actually happens! Maybe if TfL take over the current train franchise when the GTL one expires a few years down the road as has been mooted, it will then..... such has happened where the OC is valid on the London Liverpool Street- Hertford East Abellio services ( but not GTL services from/to Moorgate / KingsCross /Hertford North).
On the King`s Cross- Hatfield route OC`s are only valid as far as Hadley Wood, next station London bound in from Potters Bar. On the St.Pancras -St. Albans line it is Elstree & Borehamwood . Both these stations are on the limit of the TfL zone 6 : on the Underground it is High Barnet, Cockfosters, Edgeware and Stanmore.
For those of you from East London, the OC can be used from Stratford to St. Pancras on the high-speed line ( journey time 12 mins.) For further info. on this go to the South Eastern train site www.southeasternrailway.co.uk as this is the company that runs the high speed service to / from St. Pancras.
Please also read my previous articles below regarding reduced student train fares/ railcards, the special £100 reduction in September by the Student Centre for term and annual student passes on UNO buses ( new students only) and use of taxis/mini cabs.
Oyster Cards are also not valid on Hertfordshire buses even where they run into the TfL area i.e., the UNO 614/44 ( I believe UNO used to accept OC`s in London but no more), except a handful that are contracted to run specific TfL services.
On a lighter note engineering students may be interested that the next heritage steam train special through Hatfield will be Sat 15th Sept, at around 08.25 in the morning. ( Booked time to pick up at Potters Bar 08.17) These are becoming more rare on the King`s Cross route as finding `white space` as it is called in rail speak within the timetables and fitting extra charter trains in is becoming increasingly harder to find.UK. Railtours of Welwyn are running the train. Info. /timings if interested on www.uksteam.info or the UK Railtours site.