Redhill route stations including Reigate, Nutfield and stations between Merstham and Horley to be included in Oyster zone 6

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Message from Crispin Blunt MP

Dear All, Please see the following message from Crispin Blunt MP: 29 May 2015 Dear petitioner, Thank you for signing the petition calling for Oyster Zone 6 to be extended to Redhill route stations including Reigate, Nutfield and stations between Merstham and Horley. Before the election, I asked all the candidates standing in the Reigate parliamentary constituency to sign up to the campaign, so that we could show a cross-party display of unity on the seriousness of the issue. The extension of the Oyster scheme and Zone 6 would at least mean a significant reduction in travel costs for your employee, reflecting the poorer service they have experienced and can expect until 2018. I will be taking the case for Oyster Zone 6 fares to the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin MP, and to Transport for London. In doing so, I will point to the expressions of frustration and anger I have heard from commuters and to the numbers who have signed the petition. So, please share the petition and ask friends and family to sign up. I also identified Monday 1st June as a day when rail users could step up their protest by working from home in protest and/or engaging your employers. You have shown your concern by signing the petition. I now invite you to go a step further and engage your employer by asking them to email or write to the Transport Secretary, Mayor of London, Govia Thameslink and Network Rail. You can find a template on my website at: Let me know if you have done this and it will help me when I make representations to Ministers on your behalf. The extension of the Oyster scheme and Zone 6 would at least mean a major reduction in travel costs, reflecting the poorer service you are experiencing and can expect until 2018. Also, if you’re on twitter, tweet your support #Fairfares2015. Thank you. Crispin Blunt MP Template e-mail from employers Employer, Please pledge your support for the campaign to compensate commuters suffering disruption and reduced services. 1. Send a short e-mail to saying ‘I pledge my support for the campaign to compensate commuters and give them a fair deal on fares’* 2. Here is a suggested e-mail or letter – feel free to add and adapt E-mail to: · Copying: · · · · · Title: Fair deal on the railways for my employee Dear Secretary of State, I am writing to you because my employee, _____________________, who commutes to London from _____________ station has been facing unacceptable disruption, delays, cancellations and overcrowding that is making their travel to and from work an unbearable ordeal. Despite the best efforts of my employee, the disruption is having a detrimental impact on their wellbeing, damaging their home life and jeopardising their ability to get to work on time. I trust that you are doing all in your power to minimise the service disruption associated with the Thameslink upgrade works at London Bridge station, and I appeal to you to ensure that my employee is properly compensated for the years of reduced services that they face until 2018. My employee has been contacted by Crispin Blunt, MP for Reigate, who is supporting our demand that you urgently address their calls for compensation, including significantly lower season ticket costs for the forthcoming years of reduced services. It seems patently unfair that commuters from stations in Redhill, Reigate and district are paying 49% more per mile than stations in the outer part of the existing TfL Zone 6 such as Coulsdon South, where an annual season ticket is around one third cheaper. Please consider the petition ( by the Reigate, Redhill and District Rail Users’ Association to extend Zone 6 fares to stations out to Gatwick. I hope you will appreciate the seriousness of this matter; that it has been my employee to enlist my help in rectifying the injustice they face as commuters using Southern and Thameslink trains to and from London. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Yours sincerely, Chief Executive / Senior Management Company / Organisation Postal addresses - Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport (check after 7th May), Great Minister House, 33 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 4DR - Cc: Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, Greater London Authority, City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London, SE1 2AA - Charles Horton, Chief Executive Officer, Govia Thameslink Railway, Hertford House, 1 Cranwood Street, London, EC1V 9QS - Mark Carne, Chief Executive, Network Rail,1 Eversholt Street, London, NW1 2DN

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