Fair’s fare for Maryland

11 Apr

Local campaigners and Forest Gate North councillor Seyi Akiwowo are calling on the mayor of London and the managing director of TfL to re-zone Maryland station.

Maryland is the only station in the Stratford area not to have been re-zoned to 2/3 in January. Asa result residents, many of whom are on low incomes, could end up paying over £200 more this year to use their local station compared to those living elsewhere in the area.

The campaigners have launched an online petition and they say:

Newham continues to be one of the most deprived areas of the country with household incomes among the lowest in London and while the 100,000 weekly users of the eight re-zoned stations in the Stratford and Newtown ward now benefit from cheaper travel, those living in Maryland do not. We believe this is unfair and we are asking the Mayor and Commissioner of TfL to include Maryland station in zone 2/3.

As a major transport hub Stratford station can get dangerously busy at peak times and with future residential and commercial development, including the exciting Olympicopolis scheme, set to bring thousands more people to the area the problem of overcrowding will only get worse. Maryland station is less than 10 minutes walk from Stratford, meaning it can help alleviate issues with passenger numbers, but will only do so if it offers a real and cost-effective alternative for those living and working in the east side of Stratford.

A station on the eagerly anticipated ‘Elizabeth Line’, Maryland will soon benefit from a £3m ‘facelift’ as part of Crossrail works, improving the station and its surroundings while helping give a much-needed boost to the regeneration of the area. To capitalise on this, residents and businesses must be able to use the station and cheaper zone 2/3 fares should help boost passenger numbers, offsetting potentially reduced TfL revenue, which in itself would be a very small part of the overall re-zoning initiative

Lyn Brown MP has already given her support and we are looking to Newham Council to include this as one of their priorities in 2016/17. We have also written to the London Mayoral and the City and East London Assembly candidates for their backing.

By supporting this petition you are helping the hard working individuals, families and businesses who want to use their local station without being penalised for doing so.

I’ve signed the petition and would urge readers to do the same.

2 Responses to “Fair’s fare for Maryland”

  1. Brad April 11, 2016 at 11:58 #

    And then what? FG is just up the road, so why not make that zone 2?

    Unless you have a flat fare system, then there has to be a boundary somewhere. It’s just unfortunate for locals that it’s Maryland. I suspect the only reason that the intermediate stations to Greenwich were changed was that it avoids the odd Z2 to Z2 via Z3 journey you’d have if they weren’t changed as well.

    Measuring distances from Stratford is a very strange way of looking at it, just because Maryland is closer to Stratford than Star Lane is not a reason to change it’s zone.
    If you look at distances from Charing Cross, (picked for no real reason as it’s fairly central and used for roads) then Maryland is further away than all the rezoned 2/3 stations so it’s not like you’ve got a Zone 3 station further in than Zone 2.

    It’s not like it’s made anyone worse off…

  2. redline May 10, 2016 at 11:12 #

    It is time to get rid of London Underground zones. They have an ill effect on house prices, those within Zone 2 where higher which fell into Zone 3.

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